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Forum: Cider Forum 01-02-2014, 10:56 PM
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Posted By caseymac91
I'd say about 2 1/4 cups of apple juice to bottle...

I'd say about 2 1/4 cups of apple juice to bottle prime 2 gallons. You could back sweeten with non fermentable sweeteners like sucralose, stevia, xylitol or lactose. Or you could back sweeten with...
Forum: Cider 12-30-2013, 05:07 AM
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Posted By caseymac91
Xylitol is definitely the best tasting artificial...

Xylitol is definitely the best tasting artificial sweetener.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-30-2013, 04:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By caseymac91
Holy %$#@ balls batman. That's a lot of cider. ...

Holy %$#@ balls batman. That's a lot of cider.

This is how you force carb bottles: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/we-no-need-no-stinking-beer-gun-24678/ Or you could just buy a beer gun.
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Forum: Cider Forum 12-29-2013, 04:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 928
Posted By caseymac91
The one thing I really wish I had and still...

The one thing I really wish I had and still don't, kegerator. The bottling process takes more work than anything for me. A bottle rinser and bench capper has made it a little easier.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-16-2013, 07:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 570
Posted By caseymac91
You could try to pasteurize, they might explode...

You could try to pasteurize, they might explode though. Definitely chill them right away. You could release some pressure. Pry the cap slowly until you hear a psss sound. It should let out air slow...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-15-2013, 03:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 654
Posted By caseymac91
You would lose some, but not all of the co2 in...

You would lose some, but not all of the co2 in solution. Chilling it helps. I've done this exact same thing when forgetting to make a tester a week into carbing. Not to mention he just bottled today....
Forum: Cider Forum 12-15-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 332
Posted By caseymac91
Nothing to worry about here. Looks like a healthy...

Nothing to worry about here. Looks like a healthy krausen. It should drop when fermentation ends. Yeast strains behave differently, last time I used white labs liquid yeast it looked exactly like...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-15-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 654
Posted By caseymac91
With that much sugar you are currently at 5...

With that much sugar you are currently at 5 volumes of CO2, so bottle bombs are likely. You would have issues starting at 4 volumes. What I would do is uncap a bottle or two and transfer it to an...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-14-2013, 07:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,334
Posted By caseymac91
I think xylitol is the best tasting non...

I think xylitol is the best tasting non fermentable sweetener. Unfortunately it gives me extremely painful stomach "issues". I've read that some people need to gradually increase intake to avoid...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-14-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,334
Posted By caseymac91
There's no benefit in adding xylitol beforehand....

There's no benefit in adding xylitol beforehand. If you add it afterwards you can sweeten it to taste. Use 1 tsp of yeast per gallon.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-11-2013, 09:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Posted By caseymac91
Do you know how much stevia per 5 gallons? If not...

Do you know how much stevia per 5 gallons? If not i'll add it slowly and go by taste.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-11-2013, 09:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Posted By caseymac91
Best artificial sweetener

What is your opinion on the best artificial back-sweetener for hard cider? Truvia, splenda, equal, or sweet n low? I'd like to hear from people who have actually used them. Xylitol is not an option...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-08-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 1,702
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Posted By caseymac91
Warm bottles always appear to have higher...

Warm bottles always appear to have higher carbonation. Chill a bottle to serving temp first, than see if it foams out.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-02-2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 522
Posted By caseymac91
The secondary fermentation is probably going so...

The secondary fermentation is probably going so slow you can't see it. I wouldn't of started a secondary fermentation outside the bottle. It will only raise the abv. If you want to bottle carb start...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-02-2013, 09:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By caseymac91
+1 bubbles are probably lifting the hydrometer...

+1 bubbles are probably lifting the hydrometer up. Last time I used S-05 it went from 1.06 to 1.02 in under a week. From there it finished very slow. If it's really fermenting that slow i'd pitch...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-02-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By caseymac91
I'd still use it, yeast are tough. I'm not sure...

I'd still use it, yeast are tough. I'm not sure what the perfect starter gravity is, but I usually just aim for 1.03.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-01-2013, 09:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 508
Posted By caseymac91
I'd say your doing just about all you can, hit it...

I'd say your doing just about all you can, hit it with sulfite/sorbate to slow things down further. I'd drink a bottle at least once a week to see if it starts turning to vinegar.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-01-2013, 09:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By caseymac91
Take gravity readings for a few days to make sure...

Take gravity readings for a few days to make sure fermentation has stopped, it should be close to 1.000. Than add just enough sugar to carbonate, about an ounce per gallon. This will make a bone dry...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-01-2013, 08:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 826
Posted By caseymac91
Could be a number of things, hard to tell with...

Could be a number of things, hard to tell with the picture. Take a sample from underneath the film and see if it tastes vinegary. I would try to carefully rack from underneath the film, than top it...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-24-2013, 11:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By caseymac91
Green apple gelatin.

I've got a five gallon batch of hard cider going. I know gelatin is used to help it clear. Can I use green apple gelatin to give it some extra flavor and help it clear? After its finished of course....
Forum: Cider Forum 10-30-2013, 09:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By caseymac91
Q)If I added more sugar and yeast will that give...

Q)If I added more sugar and yeast will that give it a higher ABV?
A)Yes, but you don't have to pitch more yeast.

Q)Should I bother with the 2nd round of sugar and champagne yeast or just...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-14-2013, 04:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 620
Posted By caseymac91
You could try cinnamon extract, the liquid stuff.

You could try cinnamon extract, the liquid stuff.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-11-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By caseymac91
What temp are you fermenting at?

What temp are you fermenting at?
Forum: Cider Forum 09-11-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Posted By caseymac91
Both of those sound pretty gross to me lol. I'll...

Both of those sound pretty gross to me lol. I'll take a shot at graff.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-09-2013, 07:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 387
Posted By caseymac91
They are fewer in numbers, but not dead. Give it...

They are fewer in numbers, but not dead. Give it more time, a lot of yeast were left behind when you racked.
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