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Forum: Cider Forum 07-29-2011, 12:29 AM
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Posted By jcobbs
I'm just going by what I've read on here, but...

I'm just going by what I've read on here, but from reading other threads my understanding is that mixing yeasts really doesn't work. Whichever strain gets a better start will just crowd the other...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-24-2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,155
Posted By jcobbs
Time is the secret ingredient in homebrewing. If...

Time is the secret ingredient in homebrewing. If you're old enough to legally make wine, you won't outlive your product. If it's not infected and it's properly stored, it'll only get better :)
Forum: Cider Forum 07-24-2011, 09:44 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By jcobbs
I almost always have some sulfur smell the first...

I almost always have some sulfur smell the first two or three weeks. By six weeks the sulfur is gone and the cider is smelling pleasantly fermented-appley.

It will probably dissipate on its own,...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-24-2011, 02:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,155
Posted By jcobbs
What was the recipe and when did you start it? ...

What was the recipe and when did you start it? Might be bad, but might be just young & green. Without anything else to go on, I'm leaning toward young.
Forum: Cider Forum 07-24-2011, 02:25 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By jcobbs
I was going to suggest that myself. Some people...

I was going to suggest that myself. Some people complain that bread yeast leaves a bready/yeasty flavor. In this case that might be what you want. It also makes fluffier lees that can make racking...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-19-2011, 04:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,798
Posted By jcobbs
It varies a bit of course, but usually around 6-8...

It varies a bit of course, but usually around 6-8 weeks in all. After active fermentation stops and it gets really clear, I will usually thief out a sip every so often, and usually within a few...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-17-2011, 09:47 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By jcobbs
+1 to that. Apple juice and ale yeast, and maybe...

+1 to that. Apple juice and ale yeast, and maybe a little sugar, are all you need. Wouldn't bother with a kit, as the ingredients are too cheap and readily available.
Forum: Cider Forum 07-17-2011, 09:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,798
Posted By jcobbs
After playing around with various recipes and...

After playing around with various recipes and combinations I have come back to a very basic recipe of just juice and ale yeast. It ferments quickly and is very drinkable in only a few weeks. It is...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-14-2011, 03:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 617
Posted By jcobbs
After playing around I have settled on a very...

After playing around I have settled on a very basic cider that (I think) seems to taste consistently good. Just your favorite clear AJ and ale yeast (Munton's). Add yeast to a gallon of juice,...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-12-2011, 04:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,202
Posted By jcobbs
I've seen some kegerators and jockey boxes on...

I've seen some kegerators and jockey boxes on this site, but that one deserves a prize of some sort! :ban:
Forum: Cider Forum 07-11-2011, 03:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,202
Posted By jcobbs
I'm about 300 miles north-northeast of you and...

I'm about 300 miles north-northeast of you and it's plenty hot here too. I haven't had a lot of problems with cider and warm temps. It seems to do OK as long as I try to avoid having an active...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-11-2011, 02:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,186
Posted By jcobbs
Now this is totally unscientific, and as Revvy...

Now this is totally unscientific, and as Revvy would no doubt say trust your hydrometer and not this or any "alternative" method, but I have noticed that when the apple cider starts to smell more...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-08-2011, 08:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,284
Posted By jcobbs
There was a recent discussion on another thread...

There was a recent discussion on another thread about using mason jars. Basically they are designed to hold against vacuum, not pressure. So they should work well for still cider, but you might...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-08-2011, 02:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,284
Posted By jcobbs
Just capped a batch of cider for gifts in "Baby...

Just capped a batch of cider for gifts in "Baby Bud" 7 oz bottles. Used my drill press capper attachment with absolutely no issues. If those bottles can handle it a regular one should with no...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-08-2011, 02:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 228
Posted By jcobbs
The Joy of Home Winemaking by Terry Garey. Very...

The Joy of Home Winemaking by Terry Garey. Very readable, not too technical, tons of recipes. It's still the one I go back to.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-08-2011, 02:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,235
Posted By jcobbs
Checked the warehouse at work and it looks like...

Checked the warehouse at work and it looks like we have pretty well all the odds & ends to make this. Now I just have to catch the manager in a good mood :). I have a battery powered vacuum pump...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-07-2011, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 618
Posted By jcobbs
1 gal AJ in jug + airlock + ale yeast + time =...

1 gal AJ in jug + airlock + ale yeast + time = cider. Seriously, if you just want small batches you can easily make it the jugs it comes in. I've never had an issue with taste/odors carrying over...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-07-2011, 05:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By jcobbs
I make wine & cider in an...

I make wine & cider in an unheated/unairconditioned workshop and so far have had no real problems. I try to avoid starting a batch when the weather is hot, but once primary fermentation is finished...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-07-2011, 03:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 863
Posted By jcobbs
Ciders don't always smell nice while they're...

Ciders don't always smell nice while they're fermenting. Do a search on here for "rhino farts" if you'd like some creative descriptions. It generally gets better as fermentation progresses. I...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-06-2011, 05:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,045
Posted By jcobbs
We have a lot of Mexican grocery stores around...

We have a lot of Mexican grocery stores around here that carry the Jumex nectars. Will be interested to hear about the results. Bread yeast is what it is. You can make some decent wines with it;...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-06-2011, 03:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,235
Posted By jcobbs
I think I see where you are going with this. ...

I think I see where you are going with this. Connect the tee side to a vacuum pump, drop the other tube into a carboy of wine, put your thumb over the hole, and fill your bottle? I think we have...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-03-2011, 02:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,606
Posted By jcobbs
That's been my experience with ciders as well--I...

That's been my experience with ciders as well--I have been making cider for a couple of years but had never tried a commercial one. So today I tried a Woodchuck just to see what commercial cider...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-30-2011, 03:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,284
Posted By jcobbs
I don't know about re-twisting caps on to...

I don't know about re-twisting caps on to screw-off beer bottles. From everything I read on here, the issues come from trying to recap them using wing-style cappers. The glass is too thin at the top...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-29-2011, 02:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,066
Posted By jcobbs
I'm honestly not sure about that. I don't think...

I'm honestly not sure about that. I don't think it will be an issue with these tiny barrels, as they won't hold more than a few drinks each. But I've wondered about that for larger barrels. I...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-29-2011, 04:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,284
Posted By jcobbs
I'd be careful with any concentration of H2O2...

I'd be careful with any concentration of H2O2 beyond what you get in the drug store. Back in the day I used to handle reagent grade H2O2 at work. It will literally char wood and could potentially...
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