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Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-02-2011, 09:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Posted By Izzoard
Attempt to ferment grapes

Hi all,

Yesterday I recieved about 10kg of green grapes, grown outdoors in the NL. I decided to try to ferment them and have extracted about 5-7L juice.

I was planning to treat them in a...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-23-2010, 10:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,028
Posted By Izzoard
How long bottled before drinking

Hi all!

First thanks for all the great help thus far!

Second I've fermed about 9 batches now (between 4.5 and 9L each). I'm back sweatening to make sparkling cider and TBH it's worked out...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-03-2010, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By Izzoard
It could be a similar effect on a much smaller...

It could be a similar effect on a much smaller scale. I used a fruit juicer for extracting the juice, then the waste pulp I added pectin enzymes, left for 2 days then squeezed through a filter bag....
Forum: Cider Forum 03-03-2010, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By Izzoard
I'm not aware of any keeving activities. Have...

I'm not aware of any keeving activities. Have syphoned off now and am filtering it through a coffee filter, which has resulted in me loosing all bottom yeast.

The problem now is that it's stuck...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-03-2010, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By Izzoard
Potential Mold (Post Ferm)

Hi All,

Recently I used Pectin Enzymes to help some apple pulp release more juice. I had to leave the pulp for 48 hours in sealed containers before squeezing it. I went directly to fermentation...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-24-2010, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,372
Posted By Izzoard
Superb! Thanks for that. A couple of things I...

Superb! Thanks for that. A couple of things I noted were that a) I also make jam and actually need some pectins for that (irony!). And b) I just used pectin enzymes to break down some pulp I had...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-24-2010, 09:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,372
Posted By Izzoard
Pectic Enzymes and Adding Fruit

I just read that adding PE's will clear the cider juice, this is interesting to me as most of my cider is murky in colour. How much should I add and at which stage? Also, will it affect the taste?...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-24-2010, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By Izzoard
I'm making different batches (so differing sg...

I'm making different batches (so differing sg each time) but I always let it ferm out to 1000.
Forum: Cider Forum 02-23-2010, 07:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By Izzoard
Hand Grenade Protection

Hi all,

My first batch of sparkling I put all the bottles in a plastic container with lids, each one wrapped in a loop of towel to prevent mass explosions and the subsequent mess.

I've now 30+...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-23-2010, 07:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 410
Posted By Izzoard
Major Success!

So I opened the first bottle of sparkling (3rd batch ever made) and WOW! Seriously if I bought this in a pub I'd be well happy! Tastes nice and appley, nice fizz, 8.5% :ban:

So thanks to all...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-22-2010, 11:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 490
Posted By Izzoard
I real bad hangover?

I real bad hangover?
Forum: Cider Forum 02-22-2010, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 664
Posted By Izzoard
It started again, very slowly but it seems when I...

It started again, very slowly but it seems when I decanted it to remove the sediment, the yeast started up again.
Forum: Cider Forum 02-22-2010, 11:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 664
Posted By Izzoard
I figured that the honey would have to be fully...

I figured that the honey would have to be fully mixed with the apple juice for an accurate reading. Perhaps I'll try to heat some juice, add the cider and mix before adding to the batch next time...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-22-2010, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,841
Posted By Izzoard
A book I have recommends 2 days without a cap,...

A book I have recommends 2 days without a cap, then 2 days with cotton wool before adding an air lock. Not sure abou this advice but the author seems to be a proper crusty type :cross:
Forum: Cider Forum 02-21-2010, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 664
Posted By Izzoard
End of Ferm at 1010

Hi All,

I have a 9L batch of shop bought juice, initial sg 1060, to which I added 220g honey. It fermented for 9-10 days then stopped (no visible bubbling for a day).

The sg is now 1010,...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-08-2010, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 416
Posted By Izzoard
Thanks for the advice! I'll wait to see if the...

Thanks for the advice! I'll wait to see if the honey makes any change and if not, syphon to another demijohn with and airlock for a few weeks.

I kept it in my kitchen, same place as last time and...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-08-2010, 06:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 416
Posted By Izzoard
Batch Ferm'd out in 5 Days

Hi all,

I just had a batch of 9L of supermarket apple juice ferment from 1060 to 1000 in 5 days! The cider's pretty murkey, seemed to be a lot of gas when I took some into my samle tube.

I...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-04-2010, 12:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,356
Posted By Izzoard
Thanks very much! It's clear now!

Thanks very much! It's clear now!
Forum: Cider Forum 02-04-2010, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,356
Posted By Izzoard
Thanks for the response! Could you explain...

Thanks for the response!

Could you explain what you mean by priming? And what the volume relates to?

Cheers!
Forum: Cider Forum 02-04-2010, 10:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,356
Posted By Izzoard
Sparkling Cider - Type of Bottle?

Hi all,

I just started a new fermentation and I intend to produce some sparkling.

My question is what type of bottle is required? Will I get away with Grolsh bottles or do I need Champaine...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-18-2010, 11:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,283
Posted By Izzoard
It was an odd batch. Didn't ferment at all for 2...

It was an odd batch. Didn't ferment at all for 2 months then in a couple of weeks fermented out to 7.5%.

I've decanted it to bottles now but the smell is so strong it's pretty much undrinkable.
...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-16-2010, 09:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,283
Posted By Izzoard
Cider Tastes and Smells of Sulphur

Hi All,

After the first tasting of my first real batch, I've found that the smell of sulphur is so off putting I'll probably have to bin the batch.

Before I do this a couple of questions:

1)...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-14-2010, 05:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 396
Posted By Izzoard
Right. This is crazy. I've not seen these...

Right. This is crazy. I've not seen these bubble at all in the first two months, didn't check so frequently in the last month and I just checked the sg. 1000!. With a start of 1056, it should be...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-14-2010, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 396
Posted By Izzoard
I used fresh apples and juiced them myself. The...

I used fresh apples and juiced them myself. The temperature swing in my house is large, but its only got bigger during the winter (when the ferm actually started).
Forum: Cider Forum 01-14-2010, 11:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 396
Posted By Izzoard
Yeah, I took an SG reading before ferm and after...

Yeah, I took an SG reading before ferm and after 2 months. No change.

It's a good reminder though, I should check it again now but visually the air lock hasn't done much bubbling.

Would it...
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