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  • I run a hard cider company and work for a homebrew shop in Portland, Oregon. I ferment everything I can get my hands on.
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  • A friend enticed me into brewing in the summer of 2006. I bought a small kit. Tried two extract brews. I wanted more.rnrnIn 2007 I applied for a small business grant to start an organic root beer business. Root beer was fun, but I won't deny beer was my true love. Seems like every time I turned out a root beer keg, it always had two beer kegs to keep it company in the fridge. As my circumstances have changed, I dropped the business, but kept the equipment. rnrnI've been brewing strong for 5 years now. I have an automated 20 gallon system and lots of crazy ideas.
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  • Posted in thread: Lumpy cider that fermented well and smells fine on 03-06-2013 at 02:36 AM
    Hmmmm. I have seen small clumps suspended in cider before, but they were only suspended in a
    few layers and cider smelled like rotten eggs. As long as it doesn't taste bad, it is probably
    fine to drin...

  • Posted in thread: Kegging My first Cider on 03-06-2013 at 02:18 AM
    Here's how to carbonate in the example you gave:1. Adjust CO2 pressure to 10 PSI 2. Connect the
    Co2 to the keg and purge the headspace with co2.3. Leave CO2 connected to keg at 10 psi for a
    week.4. Dr...

  • Posted in thread: Kegging My first Cider on 03-06-2013 at 02:14 AM
    What jonurban said is right on. What you're probably wondering is what carbonation level you
    want for cider. Most draft cider contains around 2 volumes of CO2. For commercial cider makers
    there's is a...

  • Posted in thread: Not happy with high ABV cider on 03-05-2013 at 10:43 PM
    The drawback to thinning out the juice before fermentation is thinning out the flavor. While it
    will work perfectly to dilute the sugar concentration, you are also diluting the flavor
    compounds and an...

  • Posted in thread: Not happy with high ABV cider on 03-05-2013 at 09:46 PM
    I agree with what Yooper said. When you start with higher gravities, you move away from the
    cider flavor and towards the wine flavor. I think this is because the yeast is doing more work
    to ferment, t...

  • Posted in thread: Lumpy cider that fermented well and smells fine on 03-05-2013 at 09:38 PM
    Can you post a picture? I'm not exactly sure what you mean by lumpy. Yeast do clump up (i.e.
    flocculate) but these are relatively small. Some spoilage bacteria can make the cider "ropey"
    which means t...

  • Posted in thread: Kegging My first Cider on 03-05-2013 at 09:29 PM
    I keg lots of cider and I always recommend the low and slow method. That is, let it sit at
    about 40F for six days on 10psi. This gives a little less than 2 volumes of carbonation. While
    jacking up the...

  • Posted in thread: My cider smells eggy but tastes fine?!! on 03-05-2013 at 09:21 PM
    You are probably smelling hydrogen sulfide, aka rhino farts. This can be produced when cider is
    left on the lees for too long and when yeast are stressed. If you catch it early, you can
    splash rack a ...

  • Posted in thread: Russian River Brewing Sucks on 05-25-2012 at 07:36 AM
    This guy makes a decent point but his attitude sucks. GMO'S are bad for the same reason macro
    brew is bad, quality takes a backseat to profitability.I think theres a few things he misses:
    beer is not ...

  • Posted in thread: NHC competition 2012 on 05-25-2012 at 05:30 AM
    Sorry for the belated reply. I didn't place in anything, but I really appreciated the feedback.
    This is only my second competition but it was much better than the first (despite the fact I
    placed 1st ...