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  • Posted in thread: Kirkland brand Apple juice on 03-03-2015 at 05:58 AM
    Actually, that is an even better deal than 1 gallon for $2.97. It is $0.30 or so cheaper by the
    gallon. Unless you are using a really esoteric (read expensive) mix of apples in your soon to
    be apfelwi...

  • Posted in thread: Kirkland brand Apple juice on 03-02-2015 at 09:04 PM
    Wally world has one gallon house brand jugs of apple juice for less than three dollars right
    now. I bought four. I use a combination of jugged juice, FAJC, and I now make all my ciders
    with Red Star P...

  • Posted in thread: Newbie- Going to do my first cider today on 03-02-2015 at 08:52 PM
    You can always use 1/5 of a can of FAJC per gallon to prime with, and it will help to add a
    little flavor to your cider.

  • Posted in thread: First cider on 03-02-2015 at 08:48 PM
    There should be no problem moving your cider out of the fridge to room temperature. I agree
    with Yooper; young cider doesn't often taste like much of anything, but if you will wait 6
    months or more, y...

  • Posted in thread: Beer bottle dynamite :( on 02-24-2015 at 03:52 AM
    How did whole cane sugar make a mess, did you not dissolve it water first?

  • Posted in thread: Brewing with kids on 02-19-2015 at 08:04 AM
    Oh, wait, you all are talking about children, I thought you were talking about kids. They
    really do poach quite well, and taste quite pleasant in a Billy Goat Stout. The real problem is
    keeping the ha...

  • Posted in thread: Using pasteurized juice on 02-19-2015 at 07:52 AM
    I did say, "please". There is so much information available on this website, and when I was new
    here, I was quite overwhelmed. Some of the Senior members here suggested I use the search
    function for w...

  • Posted in thread: First timer - overwhelmed on 02-19-2015 at 02:16 AM
    +1 to Yooper, but I always give +1 to Yooper. Yooper is the guru of all things cider in my
    opinion. Send her a PM, and she will answer you back very soon, I am sure.

  • Posted in thread: Using pasteurized juice on 02-19-2015 at 02:10 AM
    You only need to pasteurize post fermentation if you back sweeten with a fermentable sugar.
    Next time, please use the search function first.

  • Posted in thread: Apple / Strawberry Cider on 02-19-2015 at 01:10 AM
    Your final gravity depends on a lot of different things; until your cider doesn't change
    gravity readings for at least three days, don't bottle it. Unless you are planning to
    pasteurize your bottles o...

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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  •  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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