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Forum: Cider Forum 08-30-2013, 12:17 AM
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Thanks very much! From the sounds of it, I think...

Thanks very much! From the sounds of it, I think we'll be experimenting with not racking to secondary. At this stage in learning, the less I muck around with it, the safer I feel. :P
Forum: Cider Forum 08-28-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By Catsnstuff
What determines racking to secondary or not?

Hi everyone,
We're trying a couple of batches of Apfelwein, based loosely on Ed Wort's. I notice that his recipe says "racking to a secondary is not necessary", and indeed, we tried doing this for...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-17-2013, 05:42 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Catsnstuff
I haven't done this, but am throwing this thought...

I haven't done this, but am throwing this thought out there: lot of red fruit teas use hibiscus flowers, which you can probably find dry. They have a really tart flavour that might come out in your...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-12-2013, 05:39 AM
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Views: 2,090
Posted By Catsnstuff
I'm not sure if it's relevant, but I used a...

I'm not sure if it's relevant, but I used a friend's large juicer for mine before straining it through muslin. It was my first attempt making cider, so I was super-paranoid and even chopped off the...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-11-2013, 10:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,078
Posted By Catsnstuff
One of the other threads mentions that brewers'...

One of the other threads mentions that brewers' yeast is tolerant of campden tablets. If you were adding the fruit to the secondary, would you then be able to campden it without killing your useful...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-02-2013, 06:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,542
Posted By Catsnstuff
Haha, yes! We are growing several varieties of...

Haha, yes! We are growing several varieties of chillies, and they can vary considerably even on the same plant.

For cooking, we blend them 50/50 with vinegar to make batches of sauce - that way...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-15-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 918
Posted By Catsnstuff
I'm a newbie to brewing, but I know that cinnamon...

I'm a newbie to brewing, but I know that cinnamon contains a fair amount of mucilage - try chewing on a good-quality stick and you'll soon see this, or squeeze a used herbal teabag that had cinnamon...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-20-2013, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By Catsnstuff
It'll void your warranty, if that's relevant to...

It'll void your warranty, if that's relevant to you! :P
Forum: Cider Forum 06-14-2013, 01:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By Catsnstuff
Thanks for your replies. We moved the cider...

Thanks for your replies. We moved the cider yesterday. I suspect it may have already had excessive oxygen contact, having tried some from near the lees - I haven't tried cooking sherry, but I would...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-12-2013, 09:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By Catsnstuff
Fantastic, thank you both! :) We'll do it...

Fantastic, thank you both! :) We'll do it tonight. I'd definitely be reassured by a bubbling airlock!
Forum: Cider Forum 06-12-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By Catsnstuff
Moving cider from secondary fermentation (but not bottling)

Thanks very much for the help with my previous question.

Our first batch had its first fermentation for a little over a week in buckets, then syphoned into its second in buckets with lids and...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-05-2013, 10:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By Catsnstuff
Hi Yooper, Thanks so much for that! That's all...

Hi Yooper,
Thanks so much for that! That's all very useful, and the honey sounds really very tempting. If I can get some reasonably priced stuff (a friend makes mead, so should be able to hook us...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-05-2013, 08:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By Catsnstuff
First batch, and questions about saving yeast.

Hi everyone,
This is my first post here, AND the first attempt by my husband and myself at brewing cider (or indeed anything). It was just about 9 litres (2.3 gallons) from our tree, which I think...
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