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  • Posted in thread: apple ice wine-ice cider who makes it, recipes? on 09-27-2016 at 07:04 AM
    I am a big fan of applejack, no wait, I am a huge fan of applejack, okay, that isn't a fair
    description of my affection for applejack. When it comes to applejack, I can't think of
    anything I would rat...

  • Posted in thread: Who all is making ice cider here, recipes? on 09-27-2016 at 12:39 AM
    I currently have a batch of ice cider going in my fermentation chamber (re-purposed freezer)
    and in the beginning I was holding a 60* F temperature which is at the bottom of the
    temperature range for ...

  • Posted in thread: Will it juice: Kiwis on 09-26-2016 at 10:23 PM
    I do not know of anyone that has done such a thing, but if they are free (and free is best)
    give it a run, you might end up with something magical. They kind of taste like a cross between
    an apple and...

  • Posted in thread: Brooklyn Brew Shop's Sweet Cider - Tips and Advice on 09-26-2016 at 07:14 PM
    I just went to the BBS site, and they say the yeast produces somewhere between 4 and 6% ABV. If
    their yeast actually stops at less than 6%, they better have a container load ready to ship
    out. I know ...

  • Posted in thread: Brooklyn Brew Shop's Sweet Cider - Tips and Advice on 09-26-2016 at 06:46 PM
    A couple of things...in order for the cider to have residual sweetness, there has to have been
    more sugar in the juice ("must") than the yeast can ferment out.In other words, you need to
    know the alco...

  • Posted in thread: Good idea, or waste of time? on 09-26-2016 at 04:02 AM
    I just saw an "apple peel" wine recipe yesterday. Water, peels, sugar and yeast. Kind of like
    using crab apples to make wine; ir doesn't take very much.

  • Posted in thread: Making cider with winfall apples & kitchen juicer on 09-26-2016 at 12:39 AM
    IME, the warmest spot in the house day in and day out is on top of the fridge.

  • Posted in thread: first batch, a bit too sour on 09-25-2016 at 11:28 PM
    Another option for future batches as well would be to use S-04 yeast for cider making. It is
    not a highly attenuative yeast and left me with a pretty sweet profile. To the point that I had
    no need or ...

  • Posted in thread: No extra flavor from Belgian yeast? on 09-21-2016 at 07:37 AM
    Y'all might want to check out this link: personally have tried this cider and I thought it was
    amazing, and not surprisingly so did SWMBO.

  • Posted in thread: Post apple-jacking questions on 09-20-2016 at 09:35 PM
    Current update on apple jack, I have taken on Yooper's method of a loose cover on the hard
    cider until it reaches 1.030; this includes stirring the CO2 out (degassing) on a daily basis.
    My ciders no l...

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Primary: Empty as of today (9/20/16) Freezer: Graduation Cider Part Deux . Conditioning Room: Graduation Cider Part One In process currently: Ice Cider fermenting at 55* F
December 30, 2014  •  06:35 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  •  07:50 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.