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Forum: Cider Forum 12-24-2011, 06:26 PM
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Posted By xplornevada
I made some really good wild yeast fermented...

I made some really good wild yeast fermented cider this year. I didn't rely on the yeast on the skins though--just about anything can end up on an apple skin. The yeast you want are inside core of...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-16-2011, 04:11 AM
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Posted By xplornevada
It won't hurt to have a secondary temp of 50 F. ...

It won't hurt to have a secondary temp of 50 F. The only thing to keep in mind is that it will slow down your wine's aging. If a recipe calls for 6 months aging at 60 F, yours might take 9 months to...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-11-2011, 01:14 AM
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Posted By xplornevada
Try aerating with a mixer and adding some DAP if...

Try aerating with a mixer and adding some DAP if you haven't yet.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-04-2011, 03:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,069
Posted By xplornevada
OK, so here's a final update. I think I've got...

OK, so here's a final update. I think I've got this thing licked, because I now have several batches coming out of primary without any problems. I don't know how useful this will be for others, but...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-03-2011, 08:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 349
Posted By xplornevada
You do NOT want to bottle at 1.030 if there's a...

You do NOT want to bottle at 1.030 if there's a chance of refermentation. I would pitch another starter. OR you could add your own sodium benzoate/potassium sorbate and bottle it sweet OR bottle it...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-19-2011, 03:01 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By xplornevada
Sour, harsh & alcoholic sounds like a good young...

Sour, harsh & alcoholic sounds like a good young dry cider. The fizzing could just be a reaction with the apple's malic acid. The vinegar part makes it questionable. It might have been a good idea to...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-18-2011, 02:07 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By xplornevada
First, I'd like to thank everyone that offered...

First, I'd like to thank everyone that offered help here. I've tried a few of the suggestions offered here, but wasn't sure how much detail I could offer considering I've documented this thing to...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-17-2011, 02:09 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By xplornevada
Cider primary infection-awful aroma/taste

I've been making hard cider for 3 years now, and I have an intermittent problem with truly awful cider coming out of my primary.

I grow, grind and press my own apples-primarily dessert and baking...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-17-2011, 01:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By xplornevada
I had my Dad send me some scion wood last winter....

I had my Dad send me some scion wood last winter. He was worried that they might not survive the trip. They all took except for a few that came from a very old tree. It's great to think that pieces...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-14-2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 776
Posted By xplornevada
How about one of the old sun-tea jars? They are...

How about one of the old sun-tea jars? They are usually made of glass, have a plastic spigot and a large screw on top.
I see a lot of them at the local second-hand stores like Salvation Army, etc.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-18-2011, 03:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 199
Posted By xplornevada
Sometimes fruit trees exhaust themselves and tend...

Sometimes fruit trees exhaust themselves and tend toward biennial cropping. Try thinning the fruit each spring. You'll still get a good crop, but it will even out every year. Thinning also helps...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-18-2011, 02:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 631
Posted By xplornevada
Just to be safe, get a sulfur dioxide testing kit...

Just to be safe, get a sulfur dioxide testing kit from a LHBS or wine shop and test it once it's done fermenting. SO2 can be dangerous in high amounts, but it may very well dissipate as Yooper says.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-11-2010, 11:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,156
Posted By xplornevada
I'm working on extract batch number 8, and...

I'm working on extract batch number 8, and they've all gone well so far. I'm having a much better time with beer than I did with cider--I think I had to pour about half of that out . . .
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-11-2010, 03:38 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By xplornevada
Takes about 45 minutes for my stovetop to bring...

Takes about 45 minutes for my stovetop to bring 3.5 gallons to a full boil.
The pot is a canning pot, and a single burner can't keep up a rolling boil, so it does a little better if I let it...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-01-2010, 03:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By xplornevada
Well, it has been pasteurized, so it has no yeast...

Well, it has been pasteurized, so it has no yeast to do the work.
You will need to do the following:
1. Find some suitable wine yeast. Cote de Blanc or Pasteur Champagne works well. Try to avoid...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-01-2010, 03:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By xplornevada
My trees didn't put out many apples this year,...

My trees didn't put out many apples this year, but I think I learned quite a bit from my mistakes last year cider making.

First, cider-making is much more like wine making than beer making....
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