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Forum: Cider Forum 06-06-2014, 10:54 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
I ferment only in the primary, then cold crash...

I ferment only in the primary, then cold crash and then force carbonate in a keg. The only time I cold crash and bottle is with one gallon experimental batches, and those bottles generally dont...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-05-2014, 01:24 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Yes, racking will slow the yeast a lot. If you...

Yes, racking will slow the yeast a lot. If you have a low nutrient juice, it can even stop fermentation



I wait until the cider has reach the desired SG, then crash. That gets rid of the yeast...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-12-2014, 06:32 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp204/CvilleKev...

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Last Sunday, I had some friends over to check out some ciders from this year and previous years. We made it...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-12-2014, 03:17 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
I started using k-meta again on about half of my...

I started using k-meta again on about half of my keg batches, to get better longevity. With no k-meta, the ciders taste a lot better in the first three months, but would often get a little too acidic...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-28-2014, 04:37 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Sounds like a plan. A 27 point drop in the first...

Sounds like a plan. A 27 point drop in the first 9 days does seem a little slow for S04 at 68F, but not slow slow enough to worry about. I wish I could get my early season ferments to go that slow,...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-24-2014, 12:54 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
It depends on the juice. If it has a low enough...

It depends on the juice. If it has a low enough nutrient level (mature standard rootstock trees with no fertilizer), then you can often stop either pasteurized or unpasteurized juice with S04 and...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-24-2014, 03:45 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
A 15pt drop in 5 days is a little slow for S04 at...

A 15pt drop in 5 days is a little slow for S04 at 68F, but not slow enough to worry about. With that mix of apples and S04, I would expect to see a krauson form by now, but that could be a function...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-18-2014, 03:01 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
That sounds like a good mix I dont see...

That sounds like a good mix



I dont see why not. I havent used them, but they are similar enough to raspberries

Your Basic plan sounds good, although getting the cider to carb in PETs could...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-12-2014, 04:09 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
I really like Galas as an aroma / flavor apple in...

I really like Galas as an aroma / flavor apple in a mix. As a single varietal, they are not ideal - but if its all you can get, its better than no cider. I like to mix them with a base apple like...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-26-2014, 11:38 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
There are a few posts that talk about it. If you...

There are a few posts that talk about it. If you search this thread for 'cold crash' you will find a bunch, as well as input from other folks. My general process is described on page 3 and hasnt...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 02-25-2014, 04:54 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
I'm in - thanks!

I'm in - thanks!
Forum: Cider Forum 02-23-2014, 09:46 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Last pressing of the season

On Feb 12th, we did the last pressing of the season. The juice was a third each of Stayman, Albemarle Pippen and Winesap. This was probably my favorite juice of the season. It has a nice apple aroma...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-31-2014, 10:17 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Yes, a few years ago I tried a bunch of yeasts...

Yes, a few years ago I tried a bunch of yeasts from the UK, including Young's Cider yeast, which makes a good dry cider. I was unable to stop the fermentation but it fermented out clean and was nice...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-31-2014, 03:54 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Well, if you want a dry cider, you can just...

Well, if you want a dry cider, you can just ferment it dry and then add the same amount of priming sugar that you do for beer.

If you want a sweet bottle conditioned cider, it gets more...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-30-2014, 01:45 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Hey Mark - Yes, I used it on a gallon batch from...

Hey Mark - Yes, I used it on a gallon batch from the November 23rd pressing. Also did a gallon each using Premier Curvee, D47 and 71B I let them all ferment out and they all are very dry. Of the...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 01-06-2014, 12:39 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
I needs this

I needs this
Forum: Cider Forum 12-02-2013, 12:33 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Yeast the best ones so far (for the juices I used) - Updated

Yeast – the best ones so far (for the juices I used) - Updated

Disclaimer - The best yeast is very much dependent on the style, juice and process. I generally like a pub style cider in the range...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-02-2013, 12:22 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
results update

For the past couple of years, I've been meaning to pull the useful bits of this thread together into a more coherent summary. Back in September, I started on a re-complilation of the yeasts I've been...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-30-2013, 01:20 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Third pressing of the season

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Speaking of fresh juice - this past Saturday, Showalter's Orchard did a special pressing for cider week, using old...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-30-2013, 12:57 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Depends on what you mean by 'store bought'. If...

Depends on what you mean by 'store bought'. If you go to a produce or health food store, you can often find decent juice. That is actually how I found the orchard where I get juice now. The stuff...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2013, 03:25 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
All is not completely lost here. You can always...

All is not completely lost here. You can always do what I used to do when I was using EC1118 - which is to pick a day to drink it all with your friends, and then plan around that. EC1118 is hard to...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 11-21-2013, 02:24 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Hmm, been thinking about going to conicals, this...

Hmm, been thinking about going to conicals, this would close the deal!
Forum: Cider Forum 11-16-2013, 06:25 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Second pressing of the 2013 Season

We did the 2nd pressing of the 2013 Season a few weeks ago, on October 24th. I just finished crashing the last of 8 carboys from that batch - The mix was Stayman, Gala and Winesap apples. I forget...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-16-2013, 03:53 PM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
Crabapples are great for picking up a mix. They...

Crabapples are great for picking up a mix. They do take a bit of patience to pick, but are often worth it. A few seasons ago, some friends were pressing apples and all we had were bushels of Empires...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-01-2013, 02:28 AM
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Posted By CvilleKevin
If you have good control of your own juice, then...

If you have good control of your own juice, then you may be able to stop the fermentation via nitrogen reduction - which is what JKS and some of the French cider makers use. In that case you may be...
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