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  • Posted in thread: delicious infection?!? on 08-24-2013 at 05:18 PM
    So the first time this happened was after bottling. The cider was crystal clear, but after a
    week or two in bottles it turned cloudy and developed a sour flavor. It was actually pretty
    good and we won...

  • Posted in thread: Good 30 day cider yeast? on 08-21-2013 at 10:03 PM
    +1 Unferth. Might I add look for a yeast that has a high flocculation rating. For a while
    there, I had a yeast cake that would ferment a gallon dry in a week and go crystal clear after
    a week in secon...

  • Posted in thread: Backyard grapevines in Texas on 07-30-2013 at 08:52 PM
    Check the Texas A&M site. I found a lot of good information through them when I lived in Texas.

  • Posted in thread: Made several batches, but different that what you guys do on 07-29-2013 at 11:46 PM
    Your process sounds fine to me. Yes, gravity readings will be thrown off if you add a little
    juice to top off, but I rarely add enough that I feel like it changes much. Cold crashing is
    really just to...

  • Posted in thread: Farmers market cider or apple juice on 07-22-2013 at 09:51 PM
    I've only used store bought juice, but I've tasted hard cider from a nearby orchard. I must say
    the stuff from the orchard is much better. The flavor is infinitely more complex due to the
    variety of a...

  • Posted in thread: carboy question on 06-30-2013 at 02:54 PM
    I use the plastic water bottles for cider. The little bit of residue that it leaves behind
    washes away easily with just soapy water and a good shake, so I don't have a problem with
    scratches. (Beer ma...

  • Posted in thread: Best Yeasts and Flavor Characteristics on 06-22-2013 at 10:19 PM
    Somebody is bound to recommend Nottingham yeast. It seems like that is a favorite in the forum.
    I haven't tried it, but I have tried the two red star yeasts you mentioned with good success.
    The flavor...

  • Posted in thread: First applejack....mmmmm on 06-13-2013 at 02:32 PM
    Maybe a double boiler like for melting chocolate? That way the pot doesn't actually come into
    contact with the burner. Not sure if it will work, but let us know.

  • Posted in thread: Cider refuses to clear!! on 06-13-2013 at 02:22 PM
    I'm guessing that due to the nature of that particular yeast, and it's intended use, it does
    not flocculate well. You could try cold crashing, but you may end up needing to filter it.

  • Posted in thread: 1 Gal Cider on wheat ale yeast? on 06-13-2013 at 01:32 PM
    I've successfully used a cake six times. Honestly, it seemed to get better after the second
    batch. Number seven is still in secondary, so we'll see soon about that one. I'm not sure if
    every type of y...