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Posted in thread: Stove-top pastuerizing - CAUTION! on 12-21-2013 at 12:31 PM
Not that I am a safety freak or anything but a nice cheap pair of googles would keep glass and
hot cider out of your eyes when pasturizing. Over in europe the seem to have a simple table top
Posted in thread: Oxidation in half-finished mead, help. on 12-21-2013 at 12:25 PM
I would say dont risk saving a bad batch with more honey, just make another batch also. Have
you added sulfites? What kind of yeast are you using? A starting gravity of 1.050 is pretty
low, is there s...
Posted in thread: Ginger Citrus Cyser on 12-20-2013 at 09:07 PM
Oaked cysers are very nice as long as you of course dont put to much oak in there, WVMJ
Posted in thread: Ginger Citrus Cyser on 12-19-2013 at 01:32 AM
More honey, no sugar, probably could use more nutrient, montrachet a bad choice if it doesnt
get enough nutrients, rhino farts have smelled better than a struggling montrachet. We really
like making g...
Posted in thread: Bottling still mead on 12-18-2013 at 08:35 AM
You need some headspace in there to allow for temperature changes, the water in your mead
doesnt expand but any gasses in there do. If you sulfite before you bottle that little bit of
headspace isnt a...
Posted in thread: Burnt Cider on 12-15-2013 at 12:24 AM
Nothing wrong with not taking it all the way to black. Each stage has a different taste, this
will go well with your cider. Drop in a vanilla bean to highlight the caramelized flavors from
the honey a...
Posted in thread: Orchards near Baltimore MD on 12-14-2013 at 02:02 AM
Sorry, I know there are some in VA, lots of folks trying to maintain vintage southern apples. I
have talked to some orchardists and the laws about processing cider are so prohibitive they
just sell th...
Posted in thread: Orchards near Baltimore MD on 12-13-2013 at 12:28 AM
10 bucks a gallon for cidermaking cider is not expensive, you cant compare it to storebought
sweet cider, its a specific blend grown for the purpose. That would be like basing what you
would pay for g...
Posted in thread: Help my cider is bitter. on 12-11-2013 at 08:35 AM
The sorbate and metabisulfite are 2 different things, the sulfites help prevent bacterial
growth and protect against oxidation, the sorbate keeps the yeast from reproducing but does not
kill them off....
Posted in thread: Blackberry wine est og? on 12-11-2013 at 12:48 AM
How long ago did you add the yeast? Can you take one now before it starts to boil and bubble?
There is a nice program for free called fermtech you can download and plug in your numbers to
help you out...