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Forum: Cider Forum 11-12-2012, 10:31 PM
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Posted By gcastrat
Uh huh... right.. if you ever wind up with any of...

Uh huh... right.. if you ever wind up with any of this tainted juice that happens to have %ABV.. just send it my way and I'll run a set of "medical tests".
Forum: Cider Forum 11-11-2012, 03:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,848
Posted By gcastrat
Although I never tried, I bet you could use...

Although I never tried, I bet you could use apples from the ground and quickly press them. Then hit it with Kmeta and I'm pretty sure that'll kill whatever lives in the juice.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-11-2012, 03:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 665
Posted By gcastrat
The air coming in (& going out) for changes in...

The air coming in (& going out) for changes in temp and barometric pressure is the #1 reason why I usually top off my ciders that are going to age for more than a month or so. If you're a purist...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-27-2012, 03:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,681
Posted By gcastrat
Answering #1.. go for high quality bottles...

Answering #1.. go for high quality bottles (EZ-CAP) and use a carboy cleaner on each one.
Check your local water report, if it's full of bacteria sanitize. If it's clean of bacteria, forget about...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-27-2012, 03:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,998
Posted By gcastrat
If you have fully dry cider and like the taste,...

If you have fully dry cider and like the taste, then don't do anything. It'll last a year or so, but if you want to keep it longer or want it to be clearer / crisper then add some campden tablets.
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Forum: Cider Forum 10-27-2012, 02:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 708
Posted By gcastrat
You haven't tasted it - really? Best thing...

You haven't tasted it - really?

Best thing to do would be to keep some campden tablets (k-meta) around and if it tastes or starts to look weird give it a hit of that and bottle it in 24 hours....
Forum: Cider Forum 10-22-2012, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 708
Posted By gcastrat
If it's ready to rack, I'd rack it off that stuff...

If it's ready to rack, I'd rack it off that stuff and top it off. If you haven't added k-meta then do so. Sometimes if fermentation is completely done you may wind up with acetobacter (vinegar)...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-22-2012, 11:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By gcastrat
You can create something sweet at that point but...

You can create something sweet at that point but not dry. You'll have to dilute it, but if you do I would recommend adding something to it. Perhaps add citric acid as you'll have no flavor left.. ...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-21-2012, 10:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,462
Posted By gcastrat
I wouldn't start with that kind of recipe doing a...

I wouldn't start with that kind of recipe doing a first cider. Start with something simple like 100% natural juice (ingredients count) and a simple fermentation using a good ale yeast. Nottingham...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-21-2012, 10:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By gcastrat
This seems a bit strange. Even the higher ciders...

This seems a bit strange. Even the higher ciders I've brewed, with 3-5 lbs of honey added an a vigorous yeast have still tasted great after a year. Something tells me you are using a bad yeast and...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-21-2012, 10:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 533
Posted By gcastrat
Might wind up with some applejack.. and that...

Might wind up with some applejack.. and that would be bad, MMMKay?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-06-2012, 06:42 AM
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Views: 344,169
Posted By gcastrat
Since you are running these experiments, is it...

Since you are running these experiments, is it possible to determine the difference in taste between cold crashing at precisely the right FG.. versus back sweetening to that FG using the original...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 10-05-2012, 11:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,552
Posted By gcastrat
I'd put this as a pre-chiller to cool the water...

I'd put this as a pre-chiller to cool the water going into an immersion chiller. Put it in a bucket of ice. Doesn't look like it'd be too sanitary.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-04-2012, 01:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 660
Posted By gcastrat
You can also use spring water too, especially if...

You can also use spring water too, especially if you're using a dry yeast since you'll be hitting something around 7% anyways...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-04-2012, 01:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Posted By gcastrat
Are you shaking your cider? Adding yeast...

Are you shaking your cider? Adding yeast nutrient and FRESH yeast? I usually add two and don't bother with rehydrating. Quick starts and bubbling within 6 hours usually... Strange behavior indeed!
Forum: Cider Forum 10-02-2012, 02:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By gcastrat
Forgot to mention - many of my dry ciders get...

Forgot to mention - many of my dry ciders get down to .995 and that's normal since alcohol has a lower SG than water. You should also include that in your %ABV calculations as the FG.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-02-2012, 02:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By gcastrat
That all sounds like typical behavior of...

That all sounds like typical behavior of Champagne yeast when it is used with highly fermentable sugars (cider). It will be extremely dry and benefit from up to a year of mellowing. If you like dry...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-02-2012, 01:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 385
Posted By gcastrat
Wish I could find an orchard like that.. Or at...

Wish I could find an orchard like that.. Or at least one that would let me borrow a few bushels from the ground in exchange for "free" finished product. Here are the 3 batches that we pitched on...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-02-2012, 01:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 385
Posted By gcastrat
2012 Cider Season Kick Off

Happy 2012 cider season to ALL my fellow home brewers. Now is the time to scrape together what $$ you can to get those carboys filled. Empty couches, talk to your wives (for a change), go to pawn...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-09-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,735
Posted By gcastrat
To make this scientific though, he should compare...

To make this scientific though, he should compare against a batch that was just fermented with rehydrated EC-1118.. seems like a lot of effort for batches. I wonder if it really helps to do all...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-09-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 462
Posted By gcastrat
Sounds interesting.. i would add lime at the VERY...

Sounds interesting.. i would add lime at the VERY end of the proces. Like after cold crashing or maybe crush some lime peels and put them in a hops bag. One thing that would be interesting would be...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-09-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 583
Posted By gcastrat
Well yeah, it'll be beer for sure. I wouldn't...

Well yeah, it'll be beer for sure. I wouldn't worry about it much, because at the end of the day it's all Stout, Wheat, IPA, Pilsner or well.. you could wind up inventing something NEW which again...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-22-2012, 03:26 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 110,519
Posted By gcastrat
Air lock & Cold Crashing

I have had good results with a standard air lock, only filling it slightly less than would be necessary. By standard I mean the S-shaped ones that aren't fancy but seem to be pretty common. I don't...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-22-2012, 03:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 594
Posted By gcastrat
AG Recipes Base Hops & Grain

Here's an idea that has been floating around in my head for a day or two. Let's say that you were an all grain brewer (such as me) and wanted to create a number of unique brews throughout the year...
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