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  • Posted in thread: Apple Wine Not Clearing - NEED HELP on 04-25-2015 at 10:42 PM
    I am thinking the boiling water set some of the pectin, but with what you have done I don't
    understand why it hasn't cleared. You might try gelatin as a solution. I have a question, do
    you notice any ...

  • Posted in thread: Anyone made applejack? on 04-25-2015 at 10:27 PM
    Does or has anyone ever put raisins in their fermenting cider, and if so what was the result?
    And if so, did you make applejack with it?

  • Posted in thread: Anyone made applejack? on 04-25-2015 at 10:12 PM
    I currently have 6 gallons of different ciders destined to become applejack. I ferment my
    ciders into the 16-18% ABV range before freezing. I add 4 cans of FAJC to each gallon of cider.
    The first 2 qu...

  • Posted in thread: Another smelly Cider thread.... on 04-25-2015 at 09:39 PM
    Teejo, I don't know how big your batch is, but I do recommend you lay down (age) as much as you
    can. I found out by accident what a few months can do (okay 8 months). I made some applejack
    and forgot ...

  • Posted in thread: Cider fermentation on 04-25-2015 at 09:17 PM
    Hey! DaMonkey! When it comes to fermentation times, "wrong" is the wrong thing to say. Did you
    notice the OP is new? I have cider that takes two months to finish fermenting, and I haven't
    done anythin...

  • Posted in thread: Another smelly Cider thread.... on 04-25-2015 at 08:57 PM
    Yooper, if it wasn't for you all help my ciders would still suck. I do wish I had the space to
    age 30 gallons at a time... If we ever get near the UP, I hope my wife and I can tip one back
    with you an...

  • Posted in thread: Priming Bottles on 04-25-2015 at 07:40 PM
    Sweet and fizzy cider in a bottle is not the easiest thing to do. You say you have 15 gallons,
    is it already kegged? I would not use glass growlers for anything except traveling from point A
    to point ...

  • Posted in thread: How to measure alcohol content after cider restarted fermentation? on 04-25-2015 at 07:25 PM
    There may be an easier way, just calculate the total amount of fermentable sugar added. It
    doesn't matter if you added it in "stages" or not. You don't say how big your batch is, so w/o
    knowing that w...

  • Posted in thread: Should I add cacao nibs and coffee to this oatmeal stout recipe? on 04-25-2015 at 01:11 AM
    Cold pressed coffee makes the best addition in my experience, and if the cocoa nibs aren't
    already roasted, roast them first. There is a huge difference in the flavor of roasted nibs v.
    unroasted. The...

  • Posted in thread: Using citra or galaxy for citrus flavor in a Blonde on 04-24-2015 at 07:51 PM
    To me, Amarillo definitely adds an "orange" type flavor. A little too much and "orange hard
    candy" is very present. I'm not usually a big fan of blonde ales, but I do like the Kona Big
    Wave Golden Ale...

Following Stats
Aging from last year: Hard Cider, Triple Chocolate Stout, American Amber II First fermenter: American Mild Second fermenter: Empty Long term aging: Strong Scottish Ale, American Stout 3 new hard ciders, first is a Apple Raspberry, second will be a Apple Grape, and third Apple Cranberry. These will all become Jacked Ciders
December 30, 2014  •  12:35 AM
Minden Man ,
Good to see a local with similar interests. I'm up in Spanish Springs. Just got into brewing this summer, and all I do at night is read about brewing. And just bought a whole bunch more equipment off craigslist. I'd like to pick your brain in the future on the cider thing. That will be in the next brew or two. Does Costco have an appropriate apple juice or FJC? They have a good price on honey for the mead I have planned.
December 31, 2014  •  01:50 PM
@modelafish, Ask me anything you want, I will help you as much as I can. For a new cider maker, I suggest going store bought at least the first couple of batches. The apple juice that Costco sells is fine, and most any FJC will work too. I make a lot of apple jack, so it is not uncommon for me to add 3 cans of FAJC into a 1 gallon batch. I do not add them all at once to not stress the yeast. I use Pasteur Red (not Champagne) yeast to make my ciders now, and even at 18% ABV, there is still apple flavor before concentrating.

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