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Forum: Cider Forum 08-29-2014, 08:20 PM
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Posted By gregbathurst
Check out youtube for apple pressing and apple...

Check out youtube for apple pressing and apple scratter.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-21-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 177
Posted By gregbathurst
Anything flat will do, timber, plywood, hdpe...

Anything flat will do, timber, plywood, hdpe plastic. If you use plywood make sure it is painted with something like polyurethane.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-14-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By gregbathurst
If you use plastic bottles you have to drink the...

If you use plastic bottles you have to drink the cider soonish. I used them but found after a few months the cider was starting to oxidise. I have tried the same with wine, a total disaster, after a...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-09-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 314
Posted By gregbathurst
You need to google malolactic fermentation (MLF)....

You need to google malolactic fermentation (MLF). Lactobacillus is one of a group called Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB). Cider has a lot of malic acid, LAB convert malic acid to Lactic acid which, unlike...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-06-2014, 08:39 PM
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I live in a hot dry climate but have deep soil, I...

I live in a hot dry climate but have deep soil, I don't irrigate my orchard at all, though I did water when young with a big hose during dry spells. Your sandy soil might cause problems but even so...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-30-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By gregbathurst
Surely this forum isn't just for average cider...

Surely this forum isn't just for average cider makers? People go on a forum to improve their skills, hopefully rise above average.
Forum: Cider Forum 07-30-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By gregbathurst
Precision hydrometers can be extremely useful for...

Precision hydrometers can be extremely useful for homebrewers is you are making a sweet cider by cold crashing and repeated racking. You need to know the exact speed of the fermentation, Claude...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-30-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 550
Posted By gregbathurst
I hate to keep adding extra requirements but...

I hate to keep adding extra requirements but slope is also important. If you have enough slope then french drains should work quite well. I would run shorter trenches (maybe 5m spacing) across the...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-30-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 751
Posted By gregbathurst
Another possibility is a precision hydrometer,...

Another possibility is a precision hydrometer, same as a normal hydrometer but covers a smaller range and has better graduations. These are good for measuring the speed of fermentation if you are...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-29-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 751
Posted By gregbathurst
You can get digital refractometers that are easy...

You can get digital refractometers that are easy to use, but not accurate during fermentation because of the alcohol. You can use them for OG.
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Forum: Cider Forum 07-25-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 550
Posted By gregbathurst
The road builders should have made the ditch so...

The road builders should have made the ditch so it drains water away. It is impossible to advise about drainage works without actually seeing the site. A single drain can zig zag a bit to cover more...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-25-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 550
Posted By gregbathurst
The pipe needs to go in a deep enough trench to...

The pipe needs to go in a deep enough trench to get below the layer which is impeding drainage, usually around 2 feet. It needs to have a slight fall toward an area where it is alright to discharge...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-24-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 550
Posted By gregbathurst
Soil analysis is very important, they can tell...

Soil analysis is very important, they can tell you what fertiliser is needed. The analysis people will tell you the procedure for taking a sample. The best thing in the wet area is to dig a hole 2-3...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-22-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 256
Posted By gregbathurst
You don't need to pasteurise juice, I make lots...

You don't need to pasteurise juice, I make lots of cider with apples picked off the ground and not washed, no sulfite and never had problems. Just pitch rehydrated yeast straight away, and once...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-20-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By gregbathurst
The French use keeving for a sweet carbonated...

The French use keeving for a sweet carbonated cider. They control nitrogen levels and yeast cell counts to prevent bottle bombs, fairly high tech stuff. If it tastes dry to you I think you have been...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-08-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By gregbathurst
Any crab apple can be used in cider, there are no...

Any crab apple can be used in cider, there are no poisonous apples.
Forum: Cider Forum 06-30-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By gregbathurst
It's not craft cider if you use a kit. Craft...

It's not craft cider if you use a kit. Craft cider starts with apples.
Forum: Cider Forum 06-09-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 250
Posted By gregbathurst
If I want to backsweeten that is the way I do it,...

If I want to backsweeten that is the way I do it, you don't need to add a lot. It's easy to keep a bottle of juice in the fridge, no special technique needed. Just add to taste.
Forum: Cider Forum 06-05-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By gregbathurst
It could also be MLF. MLF is slower than yeast...

It could also be MLF. MLF is slower than yeast fermentation, and will go very slow under 60F. Warming up cider often starts MLF, traditionally in spring. It is nothing to worry about and should...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-02-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By gregbathurst
According to the internet they grow wild on the...

According to the internet they grow wild on the margins of swamps, but aren't usually cultivated. If you could find a swamp with a good stand of crabs you could pick them yourself.
Forum: Cider Forum 05-30-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By gregbathurst
So, I just looked it up - Malus fusca, native...

So, I just looked it up - Malus fusca, native from California to Washington. The fruit sound quite small and acidic, they might be low in sugar, but you never know most crabs are high in sugar but so...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-30-2014, 02:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By gregbathurst
They sell crab apples commercially? I hadn't...

They sell crab apples commercially? I hadn't heard of that. All apple cultivars should have a correct name. If you find out the name it would help a lot.
Forum: Cider Forum 05-29-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By gregbathurst
If you are talking wild growing crabs, the only...

If you are talking wild growing crabs, the only way to know is to try them. Don't pick too early, crabs will be better if you leave them to ripen, but then you might have to fight with birds for the...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-29-2014, 12:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 236
Posted By gregbathurst
I make cider from fresh apples, some off the...

I make cider from fresh apples, some off the ground. I don't use any chemicals, just yeast and MLF culture. If you are buying supermarket juice you may need nutrient, camden I would class as useful...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-01-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By gregbathurst
Not many hobbyists can afford variable capacity...

Not many hobbyists can afford variable capacity tanks. The occasional peek shouldn't cause any harm. though the less disturbance the better IMO. Since the SS container is oxygen impermeable, your...
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