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Forum: Cider Forum 02-14-2014, 05:05 PM
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Posted By Kashue
I know, right? Winter has been holding my brew...

I know, right? Winter has been holding my brew closet at a constant temp in the low 50s, all my fermentation has been really slow and consistent. It's great!

BTW, when i did blackberry cider with...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-14-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By Kashue
Apple juice likes to cloud up no matter what you...

Apple juice likes to cloud up no matter what you do. I heat pasteurize my stuff though, and by about a month later it's usually cleared on its own. Pectic enzyme will just get it there a little...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-14-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 251
Posted By Kashue
You should really do at least a month in...

You should really do at least a month in secondary before bottling anyway. That said, I've racked to secondary from a still-active primary and it doesn't really hurt anything. In winemaking, that's...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-14-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By Kashue
My last batch used a mix of plain apple juice and...

My last batch used a mix of plain apple juice and unfiltered farm cider. I find the cider lends the final product a cool, slightly caramel-like character that adds complexity without sourness; if you...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-14-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 205
Posted By Kashue
Could be lack of nutrients/insufficient aeration?...

Could be lack of nutrients/insufficient aeration?

I've used store brand juice from Kroger, Wal Mart and Target- it's all cheap stuff, but it all ferments for me.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-26-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 25
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Posted By Kashue
I must be wine impaired because I just tried this...

I must be wine impaired because I just tried this stuff and i didn't get good results at all.

I used the blueberry base, and attempted to use it in a scaled up version of a recipe I had made with...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-01-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By Kashue
You raise a good point. I'd been hoping to...

You raise a good point. I'd been hoping to back-sweeten this for some foam, but if after 3 months the yeasties haven't done anything then that might just not happen.

I guess I'll just bottle it...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-01-2013, 02:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By Kashue
Secondary: When to Rack?

So my first mead has now spent 3 months in secondary. I've read 50/50 advice about when to rack mead in secondary- some say at this point and others that I should just ignore the carboy until it's...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-18-2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By Kashue
Just want to add that you should NOT pasteurize...

Just want to add that you should NOT pasteurize if on opening your bottle the foam fully escapes the neck. If you do there's a good chance they'll just detonate in your kettle like little fruity...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-17-2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,994
Posted By Kashue
Just finished, er, jacking. Yep, jackin' it in my...

Just finished, er, jacking. Yep, jackin' it in my kitchen.

Impressions:
-Jesus, this stuff is strong. The ice cider it was based on was already pretty potent but this is just hellacious. It...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-17-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 768
Posted By Kashue
A good rule of thumb is that it takes about 1/4...

A good rule of thumb is that it takes about 1/4 cup of sugar to carbonate a gallon of cider. So if you add more than that, and then arrest fermentation when carbonation is complete through...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-17-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,994
Posted By Kashue
I'm gonna try this this week with some cider I...

I'm gonna try this this week with some cider I made from nothing but concentrate. It's frozen right now, so just a matter of sitting it out tonight, I guess! Think I'll just put a colander in a big...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-13-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,488
Posted By Kashue
I actually like Michelob AND Stella's ciders. I...

I actually like Michelob AND Stella's ciders. I guess I'm vulgar lol.

Keep in mind that the US is actually one of the few remaining places where Stella Artois beer IS imported from Belgium and not...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-12-2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 264
Posted By Kashue
That's reassuring. I've had to deal with the...

That's reassuring. I've had to deal with the fusel "rocket fuel" taste before but this is totally different. I'll pasteurize in the next couple of days and see how it pans out.
Forum: Cider Forum 06-12-2013, 09:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 264
Posted By Kashue
Punishingly dry cider

Made my first 5 gallon batch recently. Initial ingredients were 4.5gal of apple juice and 6 tubes of concentrate. All was well and good and at 1 month it tasted like a pretty typical young cider.
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Forum: Cider Forum 05-27-2013, 01:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 726
Posted By Kashue
Taste all the time! Young cider has a...

Taste all the time!

Young cider has a slightly burney acid-ey heat to it. This dissapates with bottle conditioning and is IMO the best reason to bottle condition. I assume time in the keg will...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-26-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,343
Posted By Kashue
Maple for bottling is awesome. I bottle at 1 tube...

Maple for bottling is awesome. I bottle at 1 tube concentrate and 1/4 cup maple per gallon; the taste after a couple weeks in the fridge is remarkable. Note that maple doesn't really have gobs of...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-03-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 337
Posted By Kashue
I heard honey in there. That means it needs to...

I heard honey in there. That means it needs to age. Like maybe a lot.

Backing up. All ciders produce a very hot head after primary, and usually spend a month or so in secondary (more is better)....
Forum: Cider Forum 04-02-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By Kashue
Aha. That's good to know about preservatives too....

Aha. That's good to know about preservatives too. Thanks for the correction!
Forum: Cider Forum 04-02-2013, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 204
Posted By Kashue
Pasteurizing "softens" the flavor just a bit. My...

Pasteurizing "softens" the flavor just a bit. My ciders always have a bit more of an apple pie taste after. Then again i flavor them with vanilla and maple syrup so it's hard to tell.
Forum: Cider Forum 04-02-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By Kashue
Well, lactose won't ferment. It's used to...

Well, lactose won't ferment. It's used to back-sweeten, usually in beers, for this reason. And heat breaks down sugars so in boiling your juice you probably sapped a lot of the sugar content. Right...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-02-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By Kashue
Yeah, concur. It's super everything right now and...

Yeah, concur. It's super everything right now and needs to sit, plus the longer I wait before I blend the less chance something untoward will happen.
Forum: Cider Forum 04-01-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By Kashue
Certainly, sorry. Batch is 1 gallon, 6 tubes of...

Certainly, sorry. Batch is 1 gallon, 6 tubes of concentrate and topped up the rest of the way with juice. No gravity measured. Fermented in primary for a month with some slight signs of activity at...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-01-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By Kashue
Halfway through a cider, need guidance

So a while back I started a concentrate-based cider per this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/ice-cider-384368/

It's in secondary now. I believe the end product has arrested its own...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-28-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,186
Posted By Kashue
It's been a month now, and while there is still...

It's been a month now, and while there is still some activity, I'm going to go ahead and rack to secondary this afternoon to avoid picking up a yeasty taste that will add to my already quite long...
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