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Forum: Cider Forum 01-17-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By Nivek
I've stopped using cinnamon in my primaries...

I've stopped using cinnamon in my primaries because of that. I have had horrible luck with it. Usually I have to wait months before the stench settles with the lees. And then it's terrible to finish...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-29-2013, 02:22 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 21,092
Posted By Nivek
3 gallons of strawberry-kiwi cider and 5 of a...

3 gallons of strawberry-kiwi cider and 5 of a ginger apple cider. I have another 5 in an ale pale of a pineapple apple cider, but who want to see a big white bucket.

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Forum: Cider 10-28-2013, 03:42 AM
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Views: 1,713
Posted By Nivek
Pineapples are cheap at Costco right now and you...

Pineapples are cheap at Costco right now and you just gave me a great idea!
Forum: Cider Forum 10-27-2013, 01:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 150
Posted By Nivek
Unexpected Wild Yeasties...Or So I Think...

Hello everyone,

I picked up some fresh pressed cider yesterday from a local orchard and was planning on making a few different batches. I pitched the appropriate amount of campden in two of the...
Forum: Cider 10-10-2013, 01:10 AM
Replies: 373
Views: 109,804
Posted By Nivek
I loved this stuff so much last year that I’m...

I loved this stuff so much last year that I’m making many more gallons this fall. I am however having issues trying to figure out how to get it in a keg and stop the fermentation. I can’t get a whole...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-26-2013, 03:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,230
Posted By Nivek
Crispin’s artisanal releases are typically good....

Crispin’s artisanal releases are typically good. There are a couple stinkers, but most are really good.
Forum: Cider Forum 06-07-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By Nivek
WHAT!?!? Don't toss it all! Go get a bar...

WHAT!?!? Don't toss it all!

Go get a bar tender style bottle opener and start gently relieving the pressure. A normal bottle opener will work too, but it's easier to deform the cap by accident....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-18-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,506
Posted By Nivek
I just discovered using the Magic Eraser a week...

I just discovered using the Magic Eraser a week or two ago. I'm never doing anything else to clean up the goo left behind by the sticky plastic labels. Those magic erasers incredible for cleaning up...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-08-2013, 10:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,376
Posted By Nivek
Just picked up some new AO release called Elder...

Just picked up some new AO release called Elder Flower. I'll take a reading on it tonight and post the results.
Forum: Cider Forum 02-03-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 632
Posted By Nivek
Holy...wow!

Holy...wow!
Forum: Cider Forum 02-03-2013, 04:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 632
Posted By Nivek
I would really like to know what apples are...

I would really like to know what apples are yielding such sweet musts so I can plant a couple. An early frost is supposed to help boost the sugar content. Late harvesters like the "new" frostbite is...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-30-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,376
Posted By Nivek
No recipe suggestions here, but you mentioned...

No recipe suggestions here, but you mentioned bottle as opposed to bottles. Was this Strawman or Iceman by chance? I haven't opened my bottle of Strawman yet, but Iceman is fantastic. Iceman is an...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-30-2013, 01:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By Nivek
I've had this problem with the two gallon...

I've had this problem with the two gallon buckets. My only solution was to use about 12 small clamps from my wood shop to seal the blasted thing. It took only a few seconds after the final clip was...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-27-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,479
Posted By Nivek
Iím not familiar with all these types, but am...

Iím not familiar with all these types, but am with some. Being from Minnesota we have a good selection of cold hearty varieties like a few you listed: Honey Crisp, McIntosh, and Winesap. The Winesaps...
Forum: Cider 01-22-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 109,804
Posted By Nivek
Hah, sorry for the confusion. I meant it tastes...

Hah, sorry for the confusion. I meant it tastes better than it smells. My previous 5-day style batches have tasted amazing. So much so that it has convinced me to alter the method in which I will...
Forum: Cider 01-03-2013, 10:50 AM
Replies: 373
Views: 109,804
Posted By Nivek
I have done a couple batches of this already with...

I have done a couple batches of this already with great results. However, on my latest batch I seem to have made a mistake. I left the cinnamon sticks (ceylon) in the primary thinking it would simply...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-11-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,263
Posted By Nivek
I've oaked a couple batches and have found the...

I've oaked a couple batches and have found the oak is far too strong even after aging it for 10 months. I love the oak taste but haven't figured out a way to keep the wood flavor from overpowering...
Forum: Cider 11-03-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 109,804
Posted By Nivek
Yes, you would just need to either stabilize or...

Yes, you would just need to either stabilize or pasteurize immediately after bottling. I'm sure people have been using mason jars for this for a very long time. Fermenting it out all the way will...
Forum: Cider 10-30-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 109,804
Posted By Nivek
I just bottled and pasteurized a batch inspired...

I just bottled and pasteurized a batch inspired by this recipe. I discovered that a day may be too long to allow for bottle priming when the yeast is starting off fairly active.

I tested a bottle...
Forum: Cider 08-12-2012, 02:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,291
Posted By Nivek
IMO the apple really takes a back seat to the...

IMO the apple really takes a back seat to the honey. The cider ends up being more of a medium. I assume that would hold true for pear cider as well.
Forum: Cider 08-05-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,291
Posted By Nivek
I had the honor of trying some of jwynia's bochet...

I had the honor of trying some of jwynia's bochet yesterday. I was already planning on making some, but now I am thinking sooner than later.

It does start out with a mild burnt sugar flavor then...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-15-2012, 04:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,763
Posted By Nivek
That'd be be a good way to kill those puppies...

That'd be be a good way to kill those puppies off.

Preparing them in 90f water is what seems recommended for dry yeast. Yeast that comes wet like English Labs is a bit different. For those you...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-07-2012, 09:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,046
Posted By Nivek
Sounds like only the southern most orchards...

Sounds like only the southern most orchards received heavy damage due to the frost here in Minnesota. But if that damage was wide enough spread the prices everywhere will reflect it. :(
Forum: Cider Forum 05-17-2012, 01:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,032
Posted By Nivek
I started looking around in a couple different...

I started looking around in a couple different books and several websites to see which apples are well suited for cider or even plain juice.

A couple online references that helped me out were:...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-08-2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By Nivek
Nice, those are some good ideas. I did use a...

Nice, those are some good ideas. I did use a little soap on the top part of the press and noticed the suds kept appearing. I'll work on that. I should probably try the pressure washer first, maybe...
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