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Forum: Mead Forum 02-11-2013, 07:21 PM
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Posted By truckjohn
Dry and crisp usually has more to do with the OG...

Dry and crisp usually has more to do with the OG and yeast choice than it does with carbonation.....

Corn sugar is used when bottling beer so you have carbonation....

Here's the thing.... ...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-31-2013, 05:41 PM
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Posted By truckjohn
I second the recommendation to go with a "Modern"...

I second the recommendation to go with a "Modern" mead before you jump head first into a traditional show mead....

1 key reason... Time...

It was nothing special for one of those ancient meads...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-05-2012, 09:24 PM
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Posted By truckjohn
Likely you can kiss your filter goodbye if it was...

Likely you can kiss your filter goodbye if it was that cloudy after a 0.5 micron filter....
You aren't supposed to filter mud through it - you are supposed to filter an already cleared brew through...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-05-2012, 09:09 PM
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Posted By truckjohn
I vote for either Vinegar or Cider... Your nose...

I vote for either Vinegar or Cider... Your nose will tell you right off!

Cheers! :tank: :mug:
Forum: Cider Forum 02-24-2012, 08:30 PM
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Posted By truckjohn
The thing about "Cinnamon" is that if you live in...

The thing about "Cinnamon" is that if you live in the USA instead of say India - the flavor you recognize as "Cinnamon" is really not true Cinnamon anyway - so don't worry about it too much.... True...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-24-2012, 08:23 PM
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Posted By truckjohn
Flavors Sulphite tends to reduce over time ...

Flavors
Sulphite tends to reduce over time
Sorbate tends to stay the same or increase as it ages.

Thanks
Forum: Cider Forum 02-20-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By truckjohn
On adding acid... You will understand once you...

On adding acid... You will understand once you age out some of your home made store juice cider a little longer... The first month, it tastes awesome... As it ages - the tartness dissipates until...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-19-2012, 02:18 AM
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Views: 1,238
Posted By truckjohn
Unfortunately, the "bland" is usually what...

Unfortunately, the "bland" is usually what happens when you ferment out store apple juice all the way... It's why we usually stop it somewhere between 1.01 and 1.02 - then it has some appley-ness...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-19-2012, 02:13 AM
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Posted By truckjohn
LOL... The easiest thing to do is to find an old...

LOL... The easiest thing to do is to find an old homestead pear tree that still bears... They are usually French Perry pear seedlings.... In the old days - they got nursery root stock seed from the...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-19-2012, 02:07 AM
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Posted By truckjohn
Yes.. Sounds like a Graff to me!

Yes.. Sounds like a Graff to me!
Forum: Cider Forum 02-19-2012, 02:01 AM
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Posted By truckjohn
Huh? Why would heating apples extract...

Huh? Why would heating apples extract fermentables? You aren't making beer out of starches.....

Usually, cooking apples just turns them into a sticky applesauce mush - which is a pain in the...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-19-2012, 01:35 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By truckjohn
Cheap, grocery store frozen apple juice...

Cheap, grocery store frozen apple juice concentrate won't add the depth/flavor that you are looking for... but the more expensive "Organic" apple cider concentrate that you can find in health food...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-10-2012, 11:52 AM
Replies: 27
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Posted By truckjohn
Ok... Let's get this straight... There's no way...

Ok... Let's get this straight... There's no way to know what range ABV to expect because you didn't give enough information to figure it out....

Why?
1... Well... because different cans of...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-09-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,656
Posted By truckjohn
Tertiary fermentation :tank: Nice.... You...

Tertiary fermentation :tank: Nice....

You need to try out "Let it sit a while" Fermentation and you will find that all the yeastiness goes away all by itself... Give it 2 or 3 months and it...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-09-2012, 05:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By truckjohn
Check the back of the package of frozen...

Check the back of the package of frozen concentrate... It will tell you how much sugar per serving and how many servings per can.... It's hard to be more specific because different brands contain...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-09-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 41
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Posted By truckjohn
Sure, it's fun to argue about definitions... ...

Sure, it's fun to argue about definitions...

But.. We still haven't gotten any sort of idea what Mr. OP is actually trying to do.... and that's the crux of the whole question....

Is he trying...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-08-2012, 01:39 PM
Replies: 41
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Posted By truckjohn
X2 Daze.... What are you trying to do? Ferment...

X2 Daze.... What are you trying to do? Ferment orange juice or make an Orangey Apple Cider?

Thanks
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-08-2012, 01:34 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By truckjohn
Orange can be tough - because it's really acidic...

Orange can be tough - because it's really acidic and the acid is Citric acid... Some flavors of Malo-lactic turn Citric acid into vinegar....

If you want a super intense Orangey-ness without super...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-01-2012, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,175
Posted By truckjohn
Personally - I would see if you can wrangle a...

Personally - I would see if you can wrangle a small "Sampler pack" with maybe a baby food jar worth of each one.... Mix 1 tsp of honey in a 4 or 6 tsp worth of warm water.... You can slurp/sniff to...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-01-2012, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By truckjohn
Really, the biggest thing for me is the alcohol...

Really, the biggest thing for me is the alcohol content, intensity of the flavors, and the fusel alcohol character...

If you made a reasonably low alcohol mead (<10%) - then it will be more...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-01-2012, 02:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 314
Posted By truckjohn
What is "Wine Concentrate?" Never heard of this?...

What is "Wine Concentrate?" Never heard of this?

Are you talking about a "Cooking wine" that you can buy in the supermarket or Frozen grape juice concentrate or something totally different?
...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-01-2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,910
Posted By truckjohn
If you were really at 90C for 20 minutes in a...

If you were really at 90C for 20 minutes in a water bath - you would have been complaining about bottles exploding... so you probably weren't... I won't go above 82C for fear of bursting...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-31-2012, 01:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,019
Posted By truckjohn
Yep - the yeast are still working away... Just a...

Yep - the yeast are still working away... Just a bit slower.... Kinda like lagering a beer...

Don't bother shaking them up - there's plenty of yeast in suspension to go around...

What you...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-31-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,531
Posted By truckjohn
As Mr. Matrix suggests - many a horrible batch...

As Mr. Matrix suggests - many a horrible batch has been rescued with the application of the water filter.... You can strain out all sorts of horrible through one of those things.... Save the...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-27-2012, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 729
Posted By truckjohn
The "Candy" flavor you are talking about..... ...

The "Candy" flavor you are talking about.....

This can be from all the orange zest without the pith and the residual clove flavor.... The oils in the Zest will give you that orangey essence...
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