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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-10-2011, 10:05 PM
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Posted By rustang64
Starter brew rig from costco...

So I found this online (haven't seen one in person), and it looks like it might be a cheap way in for some who are looking for a starter brew rig. Would need some tweaking but might be a decent way...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-06-2011, 05:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,052
Posted By rustang64
Orange Blossom or Avocado Meads

So after a bit of a brewing hiatus (been moving too much the past 2 years), I think I am at a point where I can do a mead batch again. I have a line on avocado or orange blossom honeys and was...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-27-2010, 07:35 PM
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Posted By rustang64
Even scarier number; from pressing (with just a...

Even scarier number; from pressing (with just a small press, so not the most efficient) we get about 1gal/18lbs of apples so 15,548 x 18 = 279,864lbs of apples.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-27-2010, 07:27 PM
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Posted By rustang64
I guess I'll add my overall total... All fresh...

I guess I'll add my overall total... All fresh pressed, with no sugar added, but basically the same.

15,492 + 56 = 15,548
Forum: Mead Forum 01-15-2010, 12:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,845
Posted By rustang64
Never done a citrus mead so cant speak to the...

Never done a citrus mead so cant speak to the recipe but the blood oranges will make for a neat color. I grew up on citrus groves and I definitely miss having those available. As for the orange...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-04-2009, 09:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,267
Posted By rustang64
I use 2/3 cup raw blond cane sugar for 5 gal...

I use 2/3 cup raw blond cane sugar for 5 gal batches and just work it out from there for larger or smaller batches. Stir into just enough boiling water to dissolve the sugar then add to the bottling...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-03-2009, 05:25 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By rustang64
Smells somewhat sulfuric/rotten egg-like?...

Smells somewhat sulfuric/rotten egg-like? Probably "rhino farts" as they are called which is perfectly normal (albeit unpleasant) for cider. It should go away with time.
Forum: Mead Forum 11-02-2009, 03:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,456
Posted By rustang64
I wouldn't recommend putting the bag into the...

I wouldn't recommend putting the bag into the carboy as it will be a pain to get out.

Also you will want to rack from your bucket into that carboy so don't feel bad about having it. Having a 6.5...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-02-2009, 03:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 499
Posted By rustang64
Cider funk

Just bottled batch 4 of 6 of this years hard cider and found 2 yellow jackets that snuck in when we were pressing the cider. The cider did have a somewhat funky smell but nothing atypical of a young...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-23-2009, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By rustang64
My recipe was as follows for a 5.5gal batch: ...

My recipe was as follows for a 5.5gal batch:
2lb 4oz Blueberries
12lb Clover Honey
3tsp Yeast Nutrient
Red Star Pasteur Red yeast

I crushed the blueberries before they went in, then funneled...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-22-2009, 03:12 PM
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Posted By rustang64
I would say backsweetening with honey would be...

I would say backsweetening with honey would be the safest bet. It isn't easy to "overwhelm" the yeast unless you want super-high ABV (18+% depending on the yeast, also yeast in mead is more tolerant...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-30-2009, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 933
Posted By rustang64
If you leave a lot of airspace in the top of the...

If you leave a lot of airspace in the top of the bucket, it can take along time to build up enough positive pressure to bubble the airlock. If you take a peak inside, ciders usually get a good foam...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-30-2009, 07:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,457
Posted By rustang64
Once you pitch the yeast put an airlock on it...

Once you pitch the yeast put an airlock on it right away to avoid letting any more bacteria and oxygen into your brew. Rack it when the hydrometer reading stabilizes over a period of a few days (my...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-19-2009, 02:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,375
Posted By rustang64
I used Red Star Champagne (which I generally have...

I used Red Star Champagne (which I generally have the best luck with) and Premiere Cuvee, Cote De Blancs, and another which I can't remember right now (I'm on a rig right now so don't have my brew...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-14-2009, 08:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,375
Posted By rustang64
you can write with dry erase pens on the sides of...

you can write with dry erase pens on the sides of the carboys and just wipe it off when you are done. its about as easy as it gets.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-10-2009, 04:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,375
Posted By rustang64
Here's 20 gallons of it: ...

Here's 20 gallons of it:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/medium/P9090325.JPG

Some of them turn a very pale color when the yeast is pitched.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-10-2009, 06:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,375
Posted By rustang64
I would say there are literally tens of thousands...

I would say there are literally tens of thousands of pounds of good apples that go to waste every fall in this town (people don't spray their trees, and then get turned off by the worm holes and...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-08-2009, 09:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 953
Posted By rustang64
I suppose you could, though I haven't ever tried....

I suppose you could, though I haven't ever tried. I would suspect you would have a higher likelihood of bottle bombs since F.G. of ciders can be quite variable. I have had ciders finish anywhere from...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-08-2009, 07:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 953
Posted By rustang64
Let it go to completion (so that gravity...

Let it go to completion (so that gravity stabilizes for a week or more) then prime it by adding sugar just before bottling. I think there are threads out there that say how much of what types of...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-08-2009, 07:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,375
Posted By rustang64
I didn't press all of it to make that 31gal. I...

I didn't press all of it to make that 31gal. I would say that was in the range of 450-500lbs that went into that. We also pressed some into juice to drink now and to can, made a whole bunch of canned...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-08-2009, 06:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,375
Posted By rustang64
31 gallons of cider

So I just filled my carboys Saturday and decided since I haven't posted in a while now would be a pretty good time. I went out Thursday and Friday and picked over 600lbs of apples from some...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-18-2009, 04:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,138
Posted By rustang64
Its gonna taste dry unless you back sweeten it...

Its gonna taste dry unless you back sweeten it since there's no sugar left.
The yeast is probably whats killing the apple flavor as the cider I did with that had the same issue I recall, however it...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-18-2009, 04:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,800
Posted By rustang64
That might just be crystallized maple sugar or...

That might just be crystallized maple sugar or something. Honey gives a wierd scum-looking coating over the top in my meads sometimes but its fine. Post a photo if you can.
Forum: Cider Forum 01-12-2009, 06:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,017
Posted By rustang64
Sam smiths is all I can get here thats good. We...

Sam smiths is all I can get here thats good. We can get Hornsby's but i cant stand that stuff. Wish I could get strongbow here. Sam Smiths is crazy expensive so I just press and brew enough to last...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-11-2009, 12:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,292
Posted By rustang64
Oooh trout slayer... touchy subject. they stole...

Oooh trout slayer... touchy subject. they stole (bought) the name out from under another local brewery who had been using it for years. Theirs was better. They have to call it dancing trout now...
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