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Forum: Cider Forum 03-20-2014, 04:23 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
If you bottle this and wait 10 days before...

If you bottle this and wait 10 days before pasteurizing, you will have bottlebombs.
Forum: Cider Forum 03-12-2014, 06:58 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
The type of yeast won't matter if you can't match...

The type of yeast won't matter if you can't match the blend of apples they use.

"We searched the world to find the right orchards, with the right attitude and the best combination of apple types....
Forum: Cider Forum 03-12-2014, 06:46 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Glintcap

So I entered a couple bottles of my Spiced Orange into the 9th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), the Pro-Am Event for Apple and Pear Fermentations in Saint Johns,...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-18-2013, 12:42 AM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Hopefully you didn't warm it too much and kill...

Hopefully you didn't warm it too much and kill the yeast.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-18-2013, 12:40 AM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Yeah, what Yooper said.

Yeah, what Yooper said.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-18-2013, 12:10 AM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Did you pour the yeast directly onto the juice,...

Did you pour the yeast directly onto the juice, or did you make a yeast starter?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-18-2013, 12:09 AM
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Posted By UpstateMike
I wouldn't recommend a champagne yeast....

I wouldn't recommend a champagne yeast. Nottingham, or maybe Safale S0-4.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-05-2013, 12:00 AM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Two words: Room Temperature. I like to...

Two words: Room Temperature.

I like to bottle condition. Therefore I don't want to shock the yeasties with a sudden hot or cold temp and inhibit their ability to carb up in the bottle.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-25-2013, 08:04 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
So it's kind of like a Keurig for beer makers....

So it's kind of like a Keurig for beer makers. I'm thinking the average home brewer will not be able to afford it though.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-22-2013, 07:05 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Matthias Wandel is the king of building things...

Matthias Wandel is the king of building things out of wood. This is how he made an apple scratter.

http://youtu.be/5BVncRn0D3g
Forum: Cider Forum 09-21-2013, 07:10 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Sparkolloid will also work to clear cider. ...

Sparkolloid will also work to clear cider.

http://labelpeelers.com/bmz_cache/3/3d8491d496cd0ea96330215aca05b598.image.350x350.jpg
Forum: Cider Forum 09-21-2013, 05:54 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
What did you not like about a garbage disposal as...

What did you not like about a garbage disposal as a grinder?
Forum: Cider Forum 09-17-2013, 08:43 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
No sense in adding good cider to vinegar. Flush...

No sense in adding good cider to vinegar. Flush it, clean everything, start over, and aim for a more workable 7-8% ABV (1.055 - 1.060 starting gravity on your hydrometer).



Correct.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-04-2013, 12:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 390
Posted By UpstateMike
Instead of using a can of OJ in the secondary,...

Instead of using a can of OJ in the secondary, consider using 1 1/3 (1.33) teaspoons of Orange Extract, available at WalMart in the baking / spices aisle.
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Forum: Cider Forum 08-21-2013, 02:04 AM
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Posted By UpstateMike
I have never used Whole Foods 365. I have used...

I have never used Whole Foods 365. I have used fresh pressed cider right from the farm, and that looked similar to what you have there. Sparkolloid worked on that batch too.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-20-2013, 04:24 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
When you rack into a secondary, add Sparkolloid...

When you rack into a secondary, add Sparkolloid per the directions on the bottle, then wait 3 weeks. You will be able to read a newspaper through the carboy when it is done.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-20-2013, 03:36 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Ignore the above naysayer. As long as you check...

Ignore the above naysayer. As long as you check the carbonation level frequently and pasteurize before it is tool late, you will not have any problems. Use a couple plastic pop bottles to gauge where...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-19-2013, 07:36 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Not sure why, but it double posted on me. So, um,...

Not sure why, but it double posted on me. So, um, hey! Look at the emoticons!:ban::mug::tank::cross::D:fro::drunk:
Forum: Cider Forum 08-19-2013, 07:36 PM
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Posted By UpstateMike
The Webster area has several places to pick from....

The Webster area has several places to pick from. You may also want to consider the Hilton Apple Fest on October 5th and 6th.
Hilton Apple Fest (http://hiltonapplefest.org/)

This year I'm going...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-18-2013, 04:28 AM
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Views: 283
Posted By UpstateMike
I wouldn't do crabs, they can be a pain in the...

I wouldn't do crabs, they can be a pain in the ass to press. A blend of all of the other three would be good. Pink Lady and Royal Gala are sweet, and the Granny Smith are tart. I have found that a...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-15-2013, 02:56 AM
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Posted By UpstateMike
Actually, they Ultra Violet (UV) Flash pasteurize...

Actually, they Ultra Violet (UV) Flash pasteurize the juice. This is a cold pasteurization method.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-13-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Posted By UpstateMike
It's the sugar that gives the higher ABV, it...

It's the sugar that gives the higher ABV, it doesn't matter what yeast you use. And 2 pounds of sugar is a lot of sugar for 2 gallons of juice. I typically use 2 pounds for 5 or 6 gallons, get a...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-12-2013, 09:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By UpstateMike
Certain yeasts produce a krausen. I usually get...

Certain yeasts produce a krausen. I usually get nothing with Nottingham, but can almost guarantee one with S-04.
Forum: Cider Forum 08-12-2013, 09:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,842
Posted By UpstateMike
DO. NOT. BOIL. CIDER. EVER!!! +1 to freezing...

DO. NOT. BOIL. CIDER. EVER!!!

+1 to freezing the apples before crushing / pulping. This will break down the cell walls and produce a higher yield of juice.

Pulping / crushing / grinding the...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-09-2013, 05:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By UpstateMike
Not sure what you will need for cyser, but I have...

Not sure what you will need for cyser, but I have successfully done 14% ABV with Nottingham in cider.
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