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  • Posted in thread: Brew-Humor on 11-23-2015 at 01:16 AM
    Why is the monthly attitude women get called PMS? Because Mad Cow was already taken.

  • Posted in thread: Best book for beginner cider maker? on 11-10-2015 at 05:15 AM
    I agree with the above posters as well, I suggest your local public library as another source
    of reading material. I have read every cider and beer making book my local library has. :)

  • Posted in thread: Tried a new HBS, sucky results... on 11-10-2015 at 02:04 AM
    My LHBS doesn't crush the same as my old store did; On brew day I always seem to come in a
    little low on my O.G., and I don't remember when I am at the LHS. The last time I got grain
    there I had him d...

  • Posted in thread: Car jack plus car equals apple press on 10-27-2015 at 03:30 AM
    A standard store bought juicer works really well. The stopping to remove the pulp is kind of a
    hassle, but some can be added back in to add character to the juice when fermenting. Good luck
    and keep u...

  • Posted in thread: Simple cider? on 10-27-2015 at 03:25 AM
    IIRC, Gerber has some 100% juice Pear juice in quarts. Others have mentioned using it and I
    don't remember any negative comments about final products.

  • Posted in thread: Bananas Foster Creamy Ale (All Grain) **pic intensive** on 10-26-2015 at 05:37 AM
    After sufficient bottle conditioning, the overt sweetness will fade away and smooth out any
    roughness that may be left over from it currently being young.

  • Posted in thread: false bottoms, are they as good as people say? on 10-26-2015 at 05:31 AM
    I use a 5 gallon bucket with a second drilled 5 gallon bucket bottom, and it rests just above
    my spigot. To help my cleanup and vorlauf, I use a paint strainer bag to hold the grain when I
    sparge. I d...

  • Posted in thread: Pear wine on 10-26-2015 at 05:24 AM
    Since you are using fresh fruit, don't rack off the fruit until it is ready. That could be
    weeks, you never know. Every time you rack (transfer) from one vessel to another you add the
    chance of oxidat...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast nutrient on 10-26-2015 at 02:38 AM
    I generally ferment on the cool side of the yeast I am using, so a healthy starter is always a
    good idea even if the beer isn't a "big" beer. I add a little nutrient to everything I brew
    these days, a...

  • Posted in thread: Looking to make a sweet hard cider on 10-25-2015 at 04:55 AM
    With a 15% ABV it won't taste much like apples... You could always put some in the freezer and
    make applejack, and after sufficient aging it will become nectar of the apple gods.

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  •  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.

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