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Forum: Cider Forum 10-17-2011, 03:23 AM
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Posted By JoeSponge
New cidery in Virginia - Afton Mtn (C-ville) area

Took my wife out for a drive for our anniversary today (Oct 16th) -- I had pulled a map of all the apple orchards in Virginia, and I was looking for anything that would have some fun activities (and...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-14-2011, 09:26 PM
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Views: 6,409
Posted By JoeSponge
Easy on the pineapple... a Goodsize Pineapple...

Easy on the pineapple... a Goodsize Pineapple Wine will give you a BOOM pineapple headache.

Dr. Goodsize, Pineapple Wine

Actually, I thought that the acids and the enzymes would prevent the...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-25-2010, 03:58 AM
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Views: 1,740
Posted By JoeSponge
That's just PEACHY

Pear "cider" = Peary.

And, Peach "cider" = "Peachy".

No, seriously. Which is supposedly where we get the word, Peachy. In colonial times, aged Peachy was considered on par with the finest...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-17-2010, 03:47 AM
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Posted By JoeSponge
I did my "class" last night. It was much fun,...

I did my "class" last night. It was much fun, and I don't think that the guinea pigs minded it much, either.

I did a re-cap on my original post ...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-17-2010, 03:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 563
Posted By JoeSponge
I did my "class" last night. A good time was had...

I did my "class" last night. A good time was had by (me), everybody else was on their own. It went well, w/ few minor hitches. (note to self: start the cider tasting AFTER the talk and...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-28-2010, 03:09 AM
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Posted By JoeSponge
Simpler is better, for first timers... I am...

Simpler is better, for first timers... I am wondering how to deal with yeast loading, clearing the cider, and keeping sweetness -- and cold-crashing came to mind. I guess I haven't put as much...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-28-2010, 02:25 AM
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Posted By JoeSponge
The latest apple juice has already started drying...

The latest apple juice has already started drying out. What does it taste like?

You might want to just get some regular preserved apple juice to back-sweeten your cider with, as it shouldn't...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2010, 06:18 PM
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Posted By JoeSponge
Well, this is a SWEET find.. I'm getting ready...

Well, this is a SWEET find.. I'm getting ready to do a "class" for the folks at work...
Mine will be simpler still, as they'll show up w/ juice, I'll dose them w/ yeast, then we'll talk about what...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2010, 06:08 PM
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Posted By JoeSponge
After thoughts... I chose SA-04 because it's...

After thoughts...

I chose SA-04 because it's supposed to be a clean, cold-crashable yeast... I will recommend that they crash a little early, to keep some sugar, and hopefully, render a drinkable...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2010, 05:19 PM
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Posted By JoeSponge
School's back in session - simple cider

I've been asked to do a "cider get-together" by one of the guys at work for some of the folks in the office...

Anybody done anything like this? Any hints? Anything I ought to consider, etc.?
...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2010, 04:05 AM
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Views: 787
Posted By JoeSponge
I may retry the Graf for my next batch... I like...

I may retry the Graf for my next batch... I like the idea of something that can be consumed in weeks instead of months, and it's easy enough... I'll just have to crash it next time, rather than let...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2010, 12:02 AM
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Views: 787
Posted By JoeSponge
Because it's just better that way...

They'll get enjoyment from the cider, but the sight of adanac sitting nekkid suckin' cider wit' a straw would give them quite a belly laf... and then the rest of us, 'cuz you KNOW somebody'd post it...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-16-2010, 04:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,494
Posted By JoeSponge
10-10-10 at 10:10

Son-of-a-gun... I hadn't thought of that. I made MINE Sunday night, also. Wow, now I gotta think of a super-cool-special name for it. Heh.

Oh, and I'm going to have to give a bottle to one of...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-15-2010, 04:36 AM
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Views: 1,494
Posted By JoeSponge
Just pitched last Sunday (4 nights ago). No...

Just pitched last Sunday (4 nights ago). No Krausen, gentle apple smell, still dark and cloudy...

How long 'til it starts to clear?

I used 3.5 gallons of some kosher AJ, but it was a year old...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-18-2010, 12:11 AM
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Posted By JoeSponge
The REASON for cider... instead of math.

JFTR,
I have been searching for the simplest automated / online tools that would let me calculate the "time-to-sterile" for hot water immersion. I can probably fake steady-state calculations, but...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-15-2010, 04:11 AM
Replies: 1,113
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Posted By JoeSponge
Some people, when they have nothing positive to...

Some people, when they have nothing positive to offer, resort to ad hominem attacks. Others resort to free verse. ;-)

There was a day when I would calculate that just for fun. It's a pretty...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-14-2010, 04:06 AM
Replies: 1,113
Views: 302,115
Posted By JoeSponge
An Ode to Science

I know SOMEBODY out there has some thermo on them... (forgive any spelling errors):



Once ago, when I was young
And science was my friend,
I could tell you pretty well
Just where this trip...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-18-2010, 02:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,991
Posted By JoeSponge
Sorry to be so late... Yes, it's milk...

Sorry to be so late...

Yes, it's milk grains. I have yet to finish the kefir cider. I've had a couple tastes, and I should have bottled it a while ago. It's gone past the "appley" stage, and...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-06-2010, 03:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,991
Posted By JoeSponge
Apple Kefir

I've been making kefir for a while, and long ago tried grape juice kefir. It was interesting for a brew, and definately alcohol-stocked, but not worthy of being called a wine. The most interesting...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-06-2010, 03:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,902
Posted By JoeSponge
Crispin @ Whole Foods...

I stopped by Whole Foods Monday night and drifted by their sandwich grill, where they have a list of rotating drafts. Just in is Crispin on tap. I got a sample and in a fit of sanity bought a...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-05-2009, 06:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,278
Posted By JoeSponge
Anything that has no preservatives in it. ...

Anything that has no preservatives in it. Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is OK. At the low end is "malolactice acid" -- which is basically chemical apple taste (it's what makes apples taste appley, but...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-05-2009, 11:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 552
Posted By JoeSponge
The pack is meant to give a really good start for...

The pack is meant to give a really good start for 5 gallons. In theory, you can use 1/5 of that (1/4 is easier to estimate). If you're worried about competing nasties, you can put 1/4 into a small...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-05-2009, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,648
Posted By JoeSponge
If you're making this for SWMBO, you might have...

If you're making this for SWMBO, you might have to find a different yeast for future attempts. Either that or SWMBO may find a different brewer. (big grin).

Bread yeast is fine for experiments,...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-07-2009, 04:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 835
Posted By JoeSponge
BB vs GC vs SB, etc.

Why are they more impermeable than regular PET (or whatever)? Denser plastic? Tighter matrix? Magic pixie dust?

I have often wonder wx an external coat on the std water bottle would help block...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-06-2009, 05:05 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,641
Posted By JoeSponge
Newton's Folly...

Trader Joe's tomorrow night...
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