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  • Posted in thread: Pappy`s Pub Cider on 08-27-2015 at 08:56 PM
    Please forgive me if I have missed something... If your fermentation is done prime and bottle.
    If you are trying for sweet and fizzy cider, that is a whole different animal; in my opinion

  • Posted in thread: Electric smoker? on 08-25-2015 at 02:39 PM
    I am not trying to be an a$$ here, what is your budget? You might start looking at the
    Masterbuilt electrics, and work your way up to the Smoke Vault series dollar wise. Neither
    smoker is perfect, but...

  • Posted in thread: Low ABV ... whyyyyy on 08-25-2015 at 12:43 AM
    Is it possible your thermometer is wrong and your mash temperature is too high?

  • Posted in thread: New cider guy with various questions on 08-24-2015 at 02:56 PM
    1) When the hydrometer reads the same three days apart, then fermentation should be finished.
    You don't mention you are trying to carbonate your cider, so canning jars will be alright for
    that. You co...

  • Posted in thread: IPAs having alot of sludge into fermenter? on 08-23-2015 at 03:58 AM
    As long as we bottle carbonate there will always be something in the bottoms of our bottles.

  • Posted in thread: New harddrive on 08-23-2015 at 02:44 AM
    I am, looking for the name of the free software I used to migrate from HDD to SSD. It was a
    little slow, but it worked flawlessly.EaseUS TODO Backup and EaseUS Partition.I realize this is
    off-topic, b...

  • Posted in thread: Dog name suggestions on 08-21-2015 at 01:45 AM
    I too love German Sheppards, but my family has lost too many family members to hip dysplasia.
    Many years ago I lost my Dobie girl Brandy to cancer; my wife of 5 years knew how much it still
    hurt from ...

  • Posted in thread: Honey Peach Cider on 08-20-2015 at 10:41 PM
    I have only had one bottle blow during pasteurizing and that was in the dishwasher; I figured
    it was a weak bottle. Stove top only for me ever since. I still hear glass moving around in the

  • Posted in thread: Alcohol bite to home brew. on 08-20-2015 at 07:08 AM
    We home brewers that don't micro filter our beer into our kegs have some wiggle room available
    in both flavor and mouth feel. Our beverages are still very alive. I was thinking it was
    probably just me...

  • Posted in thread: Soda water for carbonation? on 08-20-2015 at 06:52 AM
    What kind of bottles are you using? It would be fairly easy to attach a schrader valve to the
    lid of a PET bottle and charge using an "emergency" CO2 bicycle tire inflater. If the mead were
    very cold,...

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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