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  • Posted in thread: Did I cold crash too quickly? on 02-12-2016 at 02:19 AM
    It appears your starter was happy, happy enough to blow out of the flask... "Technically",
    yeast doesn't get stressed out in a starter, especially one with a gravity as high as yours
    was/is. By the wa...

  • Posted in thread: Did I cold crash too quickly? on 02-11-2016 at 12:25 AM
    If I read it correctly, you said the gravity of the starter wort was 1.096.Well there's your
    problem (maybe)... there are a lot of yeasts that don't want to aggressively multiply in a wort
    that sweet....

  • Posted in thread: Natural gas burners on 02-10-2016 at 05:57 AM
    You can use one of those $17.00 burners on NG without any problems. As mentioned above it is
    all about the orifice size (and the appropriate amount of O2). Depending on which type of
    shutoff valve you...

  • Posted in thread: Recipe For Mixed DME and grains brew on 02-10-2016 at 05:50 AM
    Put a few grains in your mouth and give them a good chewing, if they don't taste fresh or
    sweet, you may want to change your plans...

  • Posted in thread: Did I cold crash too quickly? on 02-10-2016 at 05:42 AM
    IIWM, I would check the gravity of your starter wort, if it is above 1.015 it hasn't used up
    all the available sugar yet.

  • Posted in thread: Pale Ale thoughts on 02-10-2016 at 05:38 AM
    ESB 1968 is a malt forward yeast, Irish ale 1084 is also a malt forward yeast. Mash at 154* and
    ferment at 62* until finished. Raise temp to 70* for 4 or 5 days for a complete D-rest just in

  • Posted in thread: Brewers best very apple cider kit. on 02-07-2016 at 07:31 PM
    Sorry to hear about your troubles. I would wait and see how it goes, not just dump it right
    away. It is possible there was nothing embedded on the spoon to mess up your batch. I have not
    used that cid...

  • Posted in thread: If I wanted the alcohol content to be higher.. on 02-07-2016 at 07:05 PM
    You have cider kit that all of the planning has been done for you; just follow the instructions
    and see how it turns out. If you modify the recipe before (or during) the making of it, you
    will never k...

  • Posted in thread: Jacking around on 02-06-2016 at 02:35 AM
    As long as the jacked portion doesn't get bottled and aged and then gets opened. In my
    experience two days is the limit before the aged jack starts to oxidize; even once clear jack
    starts dropping bit...

  • Posted in thread: Best compliment you've received? on 01-24-2016 at 08:37 AM
    With a little poetic license allowed could this be the best compliment(s) you've received? A
    neighbor I have only spoken to a couple of times before tonight I had asked him if he liked
    beer and if so ...

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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  •  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.