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Forum: Cider Forum 09-25-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 900
Posted By HappyWino
I haven't tried a different yeast strain, I stuck...

I haven't tried a different yeast strain, I stuck with this one as the taste is great and I haven't read anything of anybody else having an issue with the smell of the finished cider. I could try...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-24-2012, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,978
Posted By HappyWino
I've made four or five 5G batches with a couple...

I've made four or five 5G batches with a couple of different juices and I have never had a problem stopping fermentation dead with cold crashing, always using SafeAle-04. One batch using a different...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-19-2012, 10:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 900
Posted By HappyWino
A buddy of mine made cider following the exact...

A buddy of mine made cider following the exact same process as me, except the cold crashing ended up in a carboy in the fridge for several months before kegging...still the same haziness...still the...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-19-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 900
Posted By HappyWino
Funny you should ask, I see cars all the time...

Funny you should ask, I see cars all the time with a license plate frame that reads "Where in the hell...is Rescue, CA?" :)

Northern California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 15 miles from...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-19-2012, 09:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 900
Posted By HappyWino
Well, a keg only lasts a week or two around here...

Well, a keg only lasts a week or two around here but it's the same from start to finish. It's worth mentioning that "yeasty" is really just the only way I can think of describing it all, it doesn't...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-19-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 900
Posted By HappyWino
The smell puts the ladies off :o

Now that I have your attention... :)

I have made 4-5 batches of cider following CvilleKevin's basic process;

Buy the best juice you can get (lucky enough to have several local cider mills), add...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-09-2012, 08:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,411
Posted By HappyWino
Assuming you are are able to keg, and that you...

Assuming you are are able to keg, and that you like your cider medium as opposed to dry, here is the recipe and brewlog from a batch I just kegged;

Barsotti Cider - 3/8/2012

5.5G Barsotti Apple...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-13-2012, 11:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By HappyWino
Still struggling to get my head around this,...

Still struggling to get my head around this, thanks for being patient :)

If I pull out a cup of liquid halfway through the process, surely the remaining liquid is still 6% because I didn't remove...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-13-2012, 04:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By HappyWino
I added both :) I am not really concerned...

I added both :)

I am not really concerned with figuring out the ABV of this actual brew, really I am just interested in this method/capability in general.



Hmm, that doesn't seem quite...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-12-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By HappyWino
Sorry about that, for some reason I don't...

Sorry about that, for some reason I don't understand I wasn't getting notifications from the thread, I thought it was sitting silent, boy was I wrong :)

Please allow me to clarify;

For...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-08-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,416
Posted By HappyWino
Calculating alcohol after the fact

This is a re-post of a question I asked in the Brew Science forum before I realized that it was a sub-forum of "Beer". Hopefully posting here will get some more wine\cider related feedback as that...
Forum: Brew Science 02-29-2012, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,490
Posted By HappyWino
@ajdelange - so are you saying that the method...

@ajdelange - so are you saying that the method VinoCalc (and others) offer just plain doesn't work at all?

Cheers

HW
Forum: Cider Forum 02-28-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,144
Posted By HappyWino
I would just like to chip in that using a wine...

I would just like to chip in that using a wine yeast seems to strip out most of the apple flavor and the resulting brew needs significant aging to come back around. Using an ale yeast like Safale 04...
Forum: Brew Science 02-28-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,490
Posted By HappyWino
Alcohol from Hydrometer & Refractometer?

I have long wished (as have many others I am sure) that there were an easy way to calculate actual ABV of a finished product but always believed it required more complex lab equipment than I am...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-24-2012, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 731
Posted By HappyWino
Crispin "The Saint"

Crispin "The Saint"
Forum: Cider Forum 02-07-2012, 09:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
Posted By HappyWino
What temperature are you fermenting at? ...

What temperature are you fermenting at?

Cheers

HW
Forum: Cider Forum 02-06-2012, 11:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 557
Posted By HappyWino
You should be able to get it fermenting again by...

You should be able to get it fermenting again by making a big healthy starter and pitching it at about 70 degrees.

Cheers

HW
Forum: Cider Forum 02-06-2012, 11:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 668
Posted By HappyWino
~$8 for 2G of Costco not from concentrate $6 G...

~$8 for 2G of Costco not from concentrate
$6 G from local orchard in G jugs, they have quoted me $4 G bulk if I go when they are pressing

Cheers

HW
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 02-06-2012, 11:43 PM
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Posted By HappyWino
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Forum: Cider Forum 01-11-2012, 03:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By HappyWino
There are a couple of places still pressing in...

There are a couple of places still pressing in Apple Hill (just outside of Sacramento) too. Pretty sure one or two press all year round from stored apples. No question the later juice won't be as...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-10-2012, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,531
Posted By HappyWino
I had this problem the other day and decided to...

I had this problem the other day and decided to add a little Everclear :)

Cheers

HW
Forum: Cider Forum 12-23-2011, 03:52 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 28,156
Posted By HappyWino
The only think I can think of would be to make...

The only think I can think of would be to make your own concentrate by freezing regular apple juice (make sure you do it in a plastic container, glass will end badly!) I have never done this...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-22-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 28,156
Posted By HappyWino
I am pretty sure it doesn't exist in the UK. It...

I am pretty sure it doesn't exist in the UK. It isn't squash. It comes in a cardboard can about the size of a beer can, it's stored in the freezer and when defrosted it is a thick, syrupy, super...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-19-2011, 05:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 399
Posted By HappyWino
I believe that the preservative prevents yeast...

I believe that the preservative prevents yeast from reproducing and doesn't actually kill live yeast. My recommendation would be to get a large, healthy starter going and pitch that in, it will...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-14-2011, 10:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,303
Posted By HappyWino
No, just Eiswein, but that's a whole different...

No, just Eiswein, but that's a whole different process.

I have a gallon I could try this with...do I need to age it until it is drinkable or does it turn out fine from green cider?

Cheers

HW
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