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Forum: Cider Forum 05-02-2013, 04:24 AM
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Posted By SeamusMac
Just wondering where you got your cider from? I'm...

Just wondering where you got your cider from? I'm from Halifax myself and I've usually found the OG to be to my liking without adding extra sugar. Having said that, what I buy is often late season...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-01-2013, 06:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By SeamusMac
They'll be growing a few kilometers inland of New...

They'll be growing a few kilometers inland of New Glasgow so you probably came pretty close to the parcel on your way to CB, great place as well!

Luckily we don't have gophers in our province but...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-29-2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By SeamusMac
It has happened to me plenty of times without any...

It has happened to me plenty of times without any problems. If you want to err on the safe side just don't leave it to age for months on end if it has a relatively low ABV. Even if it oes turn to...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-28-2013, 12:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,157
Posted By SeamusMac
My experience has been that the honey will...

My experience has been that the honey will ferment almost entirely and is hard to detect in small amounts. It has left the final product proportionately drier than without the honey and upped ABV but...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-27-2013, 07:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By SeamusMac
Thanks for the replies guys, it's been a great...

Thanks for the replies guys, it's been a great help.

Greg, I'm pretty sure we'll have a few weeks of dry weather in August that'll make for the perfect time to rip up the ground prior to winter....
Forum: Cider Forum 04-26-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By SeamusMac
Soil and Site Amendment for Apple Trees

Hey all,

I have a parcel of land that I' like to start growing some cider apples on as it's no longer being use for hay. If I were buying land for this purpose , I certainly wouldn't have picked...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-23-2013, 07:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By SeamusMac
Probably a good opportunity to try washing yeast...

Probably a good opportunity to try washing yeast but it's such a small batch that you'd do just as well to pitch some new yeast. Definitely give the yeast washing a shot, it's a useful skill, just...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-23-2013, 06:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,157
Posted By SeamusMac
I've never tried a straight Feijoa cider but I...

I've never tried a straight Feijoa cider but I had some Feijoa liquer at Purangi Winery in the Coromandel and MAN OH MAN was it ever good.

Anyways, Old Mout makes their Feijoa and Apple cider by...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-22-2013, 03:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By SeamusMac
When I press apples at home they come from the...

When I press apples at home they come from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. It's one of Canada's major apple growing regions but temperatures in the high 20s don't last long. Luckily, the...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-18-2013, 11:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By SeamusMac
Whoa, that'd be quite a cider greg! I like to...

Whoa, that'd be quite a cider greg! I like to keep it lower in ABV so it's more sessionable, usually around 5.2% or a bit above. Apples at home in eastern Canada don't normally have the high sugar...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-18-2013, 05:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By SeamusMac
Second Pressing Yield (SG)

Hey guys,

Wondering if anyone here has ever bothered doing a second pressing and what sort of results you're getting. Obviously the exact SG numbers of the second pressing are dependent on the...
Forum: General Techniques 04-13-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,331
Posted By SeamusMac
Sounds pretty cool man, just wondering how much...

Sounds pretty cool man, just wondering how much the syrup will cost ya? It's about $8 for 250 grams here in Aussie and it's not even the real deal - made partially from concentrated Canadian syrup.
Forum: Cider Forum 04-10-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By SeamusMac
Sounds like you killed em good :rockin: I...

Sounds like you killed em good :rockin:

I wouldn't waste my time trying to naturally bottle carb any of the cider after having added potassium sorbate to the mix. Back-sweeten and force carb all...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-09-2013, 06:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 470
Posted By SeamusMac
Good call, kegging is the way to go! You'll need...

Good call, kegging is the way to go! You'll need the kegging basics of course like the CO2 tank, corny kegs, regulator and tubing as well as a beer gun like the DIY one shown below or mentioned in...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-07-2013, 10:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,013
Posted By SeamusMac
I just expoxied a gas mask canister to the top of...

I just expoxied a gas mask canister to the top of my 2-piece airlock. Picked it up from a surplus shop that was selling the past due ones for $6. It takes care of the odours and doesn't create much...
Forum: International 04-07-2013, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By SeamusMac
Aussie Brewers in Melbourne, Need Assistance!

Hey all,

I was wondering if there are any homebrewers in Melbourne that'd be willing to let me borrow their capper and bottling wand for a few days once my first batch is ready to bottle? I'm only...
Forum: International 07-05-2012, 07:29 AM
Replies: 980
Views: 28,558
Posted By SeamusMac
I found a decent-looking Brewcraft kit online...

I found a decent-looking Brewcraft kit online that I'm going to pick-up over the weekend and get started. I tried the fin heater in the cabinet but the temps were all over the place so that's not...
Forum: International 07-04-2012, 06:56 AM
Replies: 980
Views: 28,558
Posted By SeamusMac
The flat I'm living in doesn't have access to the...

The flat I'm living in doesn't have access to the building's hot water cupboard unfortunately and the space heater we have barely keeps the room temperature at 16*C overnight while on full-blast. I...
Forum: International 07-04-2012, 12:33 AM
Replies: 980
Views: 28,558
Posted By SeamusMac
It looks like most of the used kits on Trade Me...

It looks like most of the used kits on Trade Me are making it close to $100 before they close anyways so I might as well just start fresh. One thing that worries me is how cold my house is and that...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-02-2012, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By SeamusMac
If you want to have a sweet end-product there are...

If you want to have a sweet end-product there are two ways I've investigated (but there are probably many more I have yet to try). Firstly, during bottling mix in some Splenda with the bottling...
Forum: International 07-02-2012, 11:31 AM
Replies: 980
Views: 28,558
Posted By SeamusMac
Thanks for the reply Lunchie. I wouldn't mind...

Thanks for the reply Lunchie. I wouldn't mind checking out what he might want to part with as all I really need would be a fermenter with spigot, bottle capper, hydrometer, a racking cane with some...
Forum: International 07-02-2012, 05:03 AM
Replies: 980
Views: 28,558
Posted By SeamusMac
Hey guys, I just moved to Wellington and I'm...

Hey guys, I just moved to Wellington and I'm looking to get started into extract brewing here. I was wondering were I could go to look for used gear? Trade Me doesn't have much on it and I don't want...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-01-2011, 10:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By SeamusMac
I've etched lines into my brew pot that demarcate...

I've etched lines into my brew pot that demarcate specific volumes so I know how much I'm pouring into my sanke fermenter.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-02-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 538
Posted By SeamusMac
LF: Extract Red Ale Recipe

Hey all,

I'd like to brew an extract recipe for a red ale next week and I need a proven recipe. If anyone has a tasty recipe for a red ale, please post it up!

Prost!
Forum: Cider Forum 11-02-2010, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,237
Posted By SeamusMac
I've only ever used dextrose to bump the ABV of...

I've only ever used dextrose to bump the ABV of my hard ciders. I've found that using too much of it as an adjunct in light beers can attribute a slight cidery taste to it. So I figure it'll do the...
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