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Forum: DIY Projects 02-10-2014, 07:00 PM
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Posted By ncowling
Different temps in one Fermentation Chamber

I am looking to build a fermentation chamber. SWMBO gave me a single stage Johnson control unit for Christmas (what I asked for, didn't realize there were dual stage ones). I think this will be fine,...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-16-2012, 12:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 402
Posted By ncowling
Carbonation in Cider Doesn't Last

Another season, another batch of cider. Thanks to some of the good threads regarding pasteurizing and using plastic bottles to test carbonation pressure, I've gotten pasteurizing down and seem to...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-23-2011, 11:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 401
Posted By ncowling
That's exactly what I do with the concentrate. I...

That's exactly what I do with the concentrate. I use a ratio of one can thawed apple juice concentrate per 5 gallons of cider.

I pour the concentrate in the bottling bucket, then add the cider to...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-23-2011, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 401
Posted By ncowling
Inconsistent carbonation

I have gone through several batches of cider, and keep running into the same issue when bottle carbonating. For some reason, some bottles are noticeably more carbonated than others.

Thinking it...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-02-2010, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By ncowling
I've had good luck with the Windsor dry yeast, WL...

I've had good luck with the Windsor dry yeast, WL Irish Ale yeast, and WL English Cider yeast.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-02-2010, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 495
Posted By ncowling
odd CO2. gushing head, flat cider

I just went to check my bottled cider for carbonation level to see if it was time to pasteurize. It has been in the bottles for 3 days (previously I found 4-5 days was on the high end of carbonation...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-23-2010, 02:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,535
Posted By ncowling
Idea: what if I primaried the 2 gallons in a 5...

Idea: what if I primaried the 2 gallons in a 5 gallon carboy, then racked to 2 separate 1 gallon carboys?
Forum: Cider Forum 11-23-2010, 02:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,535
Posted By ncowling
Problem with too much head space in carboy?

After several batches of testing, I'm going to brew a larger batch of cider tomorrow. I'm going to do 2 seperate 2gallon batches, using 2 5gallon carboys.

I had an issue with krausen going crazy...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-23-2010, 01:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,255
Posted By ncowling
looking to make this recipe, what was the outcome?

looking to make this recipe, what was the outcome?
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 10-15-2010, 03:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,124
Posted By ncowling
so is the ~2ppm due to the liquid yeast or...

so is the ~2ppm due to the liquid yeast or priming sugar? After second consideration, I think I will be using apple juice concentrate in place of priming sugar, if that makes a difference (about 1...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-15-2010, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By ncowling
Is Cider naturally gluten free?

originally posted under Gluten Free thread, but thought this might be an appropriate spot--

I am brewing my first hard cider for the holidays. I have a friend with celiac disease, and would love...
Forum: Gluten Free Brewing 10-15-2010, 02:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,124
Posted By ncowling
Is Cider naturally gluten free?

I am brewing my first hard cider for the holidays. I have a friend with celiac disease, and would love her to be able to enjoy this.

For this recipe, I only used Zeigler's Apple Cider (confirmed...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-16-2010, 04:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By ncowling
Wow, thanks for opening my eyes. I've actually...

Wow, thanks for opening my eyes. I've actually been using Palmer's 1st ed. book, so that's where my "secondary" mentality came from. I'm going to try my next few batches all in the primary carboy for...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-16-2010, 03:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By ncowling
Thanks Revvy for the hydrometer focus. Ive always...

Thanks Revvy for the hydrometer focus. Ive always transfered to secondary carboy after krausen and airlock subsided (seemed to happen simultaneously in the past). Since this is a new experience, is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-16-2010, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By ncowling
Need help: Krausen subsided, airlock still active

I have a partial extract wheat beer (OG 1.076) in the primary carboy. The krausen originally exploded, reaching all the way to the airlock. It has been 10 days since brewing, and the krausen has...
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