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Forum: Cider Forum 11-13-2013, 04:34 PM
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Posted By wreckinball9
the entry way to my basement from the outdoors

the entry way to my basement from the outdoors
Forum: Cider Forum 11-08-2013, 09:42 PM
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Yeah that's one of the few benefits of living up...

Yeah that's one of the few benefits of living up here where it's freezing!
Forum: Cider Forum 11-08-2013, 06:05 PM
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Posted By wreckinball9
the Perfect Semi-Sweet Cider Recipe

This is for a semi-sweet cider, around 7-8.5% ABV. This is different (and better in my opinion) than the dry white-wine style “cider” that folks often make.

Ingredients
-5 gallons apple...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-08-2013, 02:12 PM
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Posted By wreckinball9
I wouldn't toss it yet. Give it 6 months to a...

I wouldn't toss it yet. Give it 6 months to a year. However, I will tell you that I have had very bad results with my 2 pear ciders and it is hard to find anything on HBT about a successful one....
Forum: Cider Forum 11-07-2013, 02:19 PM
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Posted By wreckinball9
I've made plenty each, with and without it. I...

I've made plenty each, with and without it. I prefer with (but at half dose.)

If you are going low and slow, which is preferable with cider, wild yeasts really have an opportunity to cause funky...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-01-2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By wreckinball9
Once you have the sauce- Line a bucket with a 5...

Once you have the sauce- Line a bucket with a 5 gallon paint strainer bag. Boil some water, disolve. 4 lbs of white sugar, leave to cool.

Put mushed up fruit and sugar-water into the bucket, and...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-04-2013, 01:30 PM
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Posted By wreckinball9
Recently had a hankering to make some custom...

Recently had a hankering to make some custom handles, and this thread gave me the extra inspiration...

The first one is a piece of cocobolo that was being sold as a duck call blank. I don’t have a...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-05-2011, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By wreckinball9
agreed. I use 2lbs per 5 gallon.

agreed. I use 2lbs per 5 gallon.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-05-2011, 07:42 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By wreckinball9
I would highly recommend fermenting as close to...

I would highly recommend fermenting as close to 60 degrees as possible. Keep an eye on the gravity, but it will most likely take a month or more at that temp.

Most people prefer it semi- sweet as...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-29-2011, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Posted By wreckinball9
1/4 cup is a little less than i would use, but it...

1/4 cup is a little less than i would use, but it should eliminate your worries about bottle bombs. Another poster mentioned adding more yeast, I would disagree with that. You will have plenty of...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-22-2011, 03:54 PM
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Posted By wreckinball9
I have used cocoa powder in the boil. It takes...

I have used cocoa powder in the boil. It takes forever to fall out of suspension so be prepared for more sediment than normal in your bottles. i used 8 or 10 oz of Ghiradelli brand, and was happy...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-21-2011, 05:44 PM
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Posted By wreckinball9
LOL thats a fear of mine because my dogs are...

LOL thats a fear of mine because my dogs are always roaming around when I'm brewing and are quite nosy. It's good to hear that it still came out OK!
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-21-2011, 01:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,090
Posted By wreckinball9
Mt. Washington Homebrew Supply, all your beer and...

Mt. Washington Homebrew Supply, all your beer and wine equipment and ingredient needs (http://brewbyyou.com/)

Is out of NH. Great prices and quick shipping.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-18-2011, 09:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 363
Posted By wreckinball9
that's an interesting strategy. I like the idea,...

that's an interesting strategy. I like the idea, but i really think the PS content will be too diluted when its added to the fermented cider. Plus, ideally you use both sorbate and sulfite (campden)...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-18-2011, 07:06 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By wreckinball9
one of the first ciders I ever made I cold...

one of the first ciders I ever made I cold crashed without racking first. I put the primary carboy right in the fridge with a blowoff tube going into a powerade bottle full of tap water. When the...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-16-2011, 03:24 PM
Replies: 1
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Posted By wreckinball9
most of your questions are relative to what kind...

most of your questions are relative to what kind of cider you want. At 12%, thats certainly wine. Are you looking for a product that tastes like dry white wine? If so, then add 5 lbs of white table...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-16-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By wreckinball9
please let us know how this turns out. I have...

please let us know how this turns out. I have gotten cider with preservatives to ferment but it had an awful flavor and odor that never went away. Ultimately it was undrinkable. I hope your results...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-16-2011, 02:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By wreckinball9
Personally, I wouldn't add them at all. But if...

Personally, I wouldn't add them at all. But if you must, the secondary is when.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-16-2011, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Posted By wreckinball9
I keg some, bottle some, and keep some in better...

I keg some, bottle some, and keep some in better bottles for long term storage/ageing. I don’t keep all of it cold so occasionally the bottles will carb on their own. This is especially true with the...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-14-2011, 01:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 434
Posted By wreckinball9
I have not had good luck fermenting pears/pear...

I have not had good luck fermenting pears/pear juice. It sounds good, but they dont seem to have a strong enough flavor to still taste good once the natural sugars ferment out. You may have better...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-14-2011, 01:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Posted By wreckinball9
Another good apple year in New England

Well, much to my relief, the apples in my area flourished even with some weird weather this year- the hurricane, a fall heat wave, excessive rain, etc.
I just picked up 60 gallons of fresh pressed...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-10-2011, 12:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By wreckinball9
Agreed. 60 is a good target temp for cider.

Agreed. 60 is a good target temp for cider.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-09-2011, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By wreckinball9
Thats normal- cider produces a shocking amount of...

Thats normal- cider produces a shocking amount of sediment quickly. Dont worry- the yeast will find the good stuff.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-09-2011, 03:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 654
Posted By wreckinball9
I would rack now just to reduce the chance of...

I would rack now just to reduce the chance of furmenting further. At 1.000 you will barely have any residual sweetness and flavor, and it will only get harsher if you let it go down another few...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-28-2010, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 730
Posted By wreckinball9
If you want more of a cider and not so much of an...

If you want more of a cider and not so much of an apple wine/champagne, next time use an ale yeast. Safale s-04 is what I use, and seems to be the favorite of most HBTers. . Then rack and cold crash...
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