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Forum: Cider Forum 05-01-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By jsDC
Yeah, from that Jack Keller page it seems like...

Yeah, from that Jack Keller page it seems like the biggest challenge is the quickness with which watermelon juice spoils. Sourcing good fruit it probably an issue to, but it seems like you'll be...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-30-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By jsDC
For clarification: Do you mean a hard apple...

For clarification:

Do you mean a hard apple cider with watermelon flavor OR a beverage fermented entirely from watermelons?


JS
Forum: Mead Forum 04-30-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 733
Posted By jsDC
You'll avoid bottle bombs and get a delicious,...

You'll avoid bottle bombs and get a delicious, sweet, and boozey beverage with that approach, but I don't know if you can still call it sima. Unless you typed the wrong OG.

Sima is meant to have a...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-30-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,495
Posted By jsDC
I think this is supposed to be consumed within...

I think this is supposed to be consumed within 4-5 days of starting it - 48 hours of primary and then 48 in the bottle to carb up. When the raisins float, drink it. Not surprised that you got bottle...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-24-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By jsDC
Thanks to you both! James

Thanks to you both!


James
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-22-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 245
Posted By jsDC
Thermowell Brew Kettle

I bought this 10 gallon brew kettle yesterday from someone in my local homebrew club.

I should have asked a bit more about it from the seller, but just for clarity, the fittings on this are...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-22-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By jsDC
Thermowell Brew Kettle

So I bought this 10 gallon brew kettle yesterday from someone in my local homebrew club.

I should have asked a bit more about it from the seller, but just for clarification, the fittings on this...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-03-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By jsDC
So it works well with a properly conditioned...

So it works well with a properly conditioned beer.

You even get a bit of the cascading effect you'll see on nitro taps.
Forum: DIY Projects 01-24-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By jsDC
Yep, the whole idea is low carb/smooth beer. I'm...

Yep, the whole idea is low carb/smooth beer. I'm going to prime for 1.5 vol and then chill them rapidly once they look/feel like they're going to blow. The nice thing about the spigot is that you can...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-24-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By jsDC
Yeah, I have. If I do go the Co2 route I think...

Yeah, I have. If I do go the Co2 route I think that's what I'll end up doing. It's not out the question in the future, but I wanted to go low-tech and improve from there.

Also, another issue is...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-17-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By jsDC
Yep and for $2.99 it's probably the most...

Yep and for $2.99 it's probably the most influential bit of serving equipment you can get for your money. (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/sparkler.html).

I hear what you're saying about the...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-17-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By jsDC
This is one of the issues or sacrifices you have...

This is one of the issues or sacrifices you have to make. It takes about 8 pulls to get 16oz.

I'm thinking about building a second one with a manual marine bilge pump that would more closely match...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-17-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By jsDC
Ideally I'll condition in the cubitainers. The...

Ideally I'll condition in the cubitainers. The pressure shouldn't be a problem because this is designed to serve low carbed ales anyway and the benefit of the spigot is that you can vent as needed,...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-17-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By jsDC
DIY Beer Engine on Wheels

Not the first person to do a build on one of these, but it came out pretty good. Can hold two of the full cubitainers comfortably and probably three if I was creative.

Overall a really simply DIY...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-10-2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,305
Posted By jsDC
Out of curiosity, what's the container you used...

Out of curiosity, what's the container you used for your version? I'm having trouble finding the one used in the original post.

Thanks!
Forum: Cider Forum 12-09-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 963
Posted By jsDC
How much yeast did you pitch? Did you use...

How much yeast did you pitch? Did you use nutrient?
Forum: Cider Forum 12-06-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By jsDC
This thread on Northern Brewer from 2009 has some...

This thread on Northern Brewer from 2009 has some info on fermenting juices containing Red 40 (even Kool-Aid!). Seems like they ferment fine but the dye might drop out of solution.
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Forum: Cider Forum 12-06-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 334
Posted By jsDC
I have maple syrup as the primary gravity booster...

I have maple syrup as the primary gravity booster in two small batches of ciders fermenting right now. Just over a cup of syrup per gallon of apple juice (about 5% of the solution). They're still...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-05-2013, 08:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By jsDC
Good to hear. I'm at around 72, maybe a...

Good to hear.

I'm at around 72, maybe a little cooler.

What are your typical OGs when you get it down that low?


James
Forum: Cider Forum 12-05-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By jsDC
I would rack once active fermentation has stopped...

I would rack once active fermentation has stopped because it gets your product off the dead yeast and other sediment which can adversely impact flavor if the cider is left on them for too long. Plus,...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-05-2013, 07:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By jsDC
Notty is going to take that pretty close to dry...

Notty is going to take that pretty close to dry if not all the way. An overnight drop from 24 to 18 gravity points also tells you it's still going strong.

Racking won't stop fermentation but it...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-05-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By jsDC
Montrachet at higher abvs

I have a pretty high octane apple-wine going at the moment and I've noticed that the Montrachet has really started to get stuck once it was around 9.8% abv or so. OG was 1.084 and it has stalled...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-05-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By jsDC
I think the DME's impact on the cider would be...

I think the DME's impact on the cider would be negligible since it's being decanted and going into 5.5 gallons. If it were me I would go with the DME method because the purpose of a starter is...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-05-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,084
Posted By jsDC
An auto-siphon is one of the best $9-13...

An auto-siphon is one of the best $9-13 investments you can make in brewing.

I'm not sure I fully understand the method you've been using.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-04-2013, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 970
Posted By jsDC
Not sure of the batch size or amount of oak...

Not sure of the batch size or amount of oak you're using, but I doubt a soak in rum/bourbon would impart any additional flavor into your finished product. In fact, it will make the oak flavor less...
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