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Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-27-2013, 01:11 AM
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Posted By clengman
Thanks. Just to be sure I'm clear, I'm fairly...

Thanks. Just to be sure I'm clear, I'm fairly certain that the fermentation is done. I haven't checked the gravity in a few weeks, but it was right around 1.00 the last time I checked. I plan to...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-26-2013, 10:04 PM
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Posted By clengman
I'm getting ready to bottle my first batch of...

I'm getting ready to bottle my first batch of this stuff. I'm going to put about 2/3 of it in plastic minikegs with priming sugar and drink it as soon as it's carbed up. The rest I thought I'd bottle...
Forum: Soda 12-20-2012, 01:52 PM
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Posted By clengman
Oh and for ginger, I've seen a lot of ginger ale...

Oh and for ginger, I've seen a lot of ginger ale recipes with varying amounts of ginger. The first I tried was Alton Brown's. He uses 1.5 oz grated fresh ginger in a 2L batch plus juice of one lemon...
Forum: Soda 12-19-2012, 12:05 AM
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Posted By clengman
I've been making 1.5 gallon batches of a similar...

I've been making 1.5 gallon batches of a similar recipe and naturally carbonating in tap-a-draft jugs. I've been using about a 1/2 tsp of EC-1118 champagne yeast.
Forum: DIY Projects 11-27-2012, 03:37 AM
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Posted By clengman
Are you able to revert to using cartridges after...

Are you able to revert to using cartridges after using those fittings or does threading in the 3/4" fitting ruin the cartridge housing?
Forum: DIY Projects 11-26-2012, 12:14 PM
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Posted By clengman
Nice. I like your labels, too. :) Is that...

Nice. I like your labels, too. :)

Is that the TAD system that you have? You wouldn't happen to have a CO2 cartridge and some calipers would you? I'd like to know if the neck diameter and length of...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-22-2012, 01:26 AM
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Posted By clengman
No signs of activity after racking

I have a small batch of cider going in a 3L wine jug. I used my own home-pressed juice, sulfited and added EC-1118 yeast. After about a month of fermentation, I had a SG drop from 1.056 to 1.002. I...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-19-2012, 08:31 PM
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Posted By clengman
Thanks for the nice description of all the parts....

Thanks for the nice description of all the parts.

I got 3 of the miller home draft mini kegs recently and I've been experimenting with them.

Can you tell me if the Miller system and the Tap a...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-11-2012, 03:24 AM
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Posted By clengman
I'm hoping I can manage to choke them down. :) ...

I'm hoping I can manage to choke them down. :)



They're 16g cartridges. What brand did you try? I imagine the best way is to use the ones they sell at midwest supply. Leland brand 16g CO2...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-11-2012, 03:13 AM
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Posted By clengman
Right, but the tap alone costs close to $40 when...

Right, but the tap alone costs close to $40 when you factor in shipping. I got three taps and three bottles ($120 or so of TAD hardware, before tax and shipping) for $60. It's not the end of the...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-11-2012, 01:20 AM
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Posted By clengman
Miller Home Draft Minikegs About to go extinct?

I was looking for a low cost way to keg homemade cider and came across the discussions of the Tap-a-Draft systems and the miller/coors Home Draft thingies (MCHDT). I decided to try to locate a MCHDT,...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-07-2012, 02:59 PM
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Posted By clengman
This thread peaked my curiosity because I have...

This thread peaked my curiosity because I have wondered recently about commercial sweet white and pink wines that have a tiny bit of effervescence when opened. It generally seems like a good thing to...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-06-2012, 08:50 PM
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Posted By clengman
Got it! Thanks guys. I was indeed thinking about...

Got it! Thanks guys. I was indeed thinking about headspace in my carboy if I only carb small batches. I'm still toying with the idea of a couple corny kegs and a CO2 system, but it's good to know the...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-06-2012, 04:23 PM
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Posted By clengman
Aging, backsweetening, bottle conditioning and "minikegging"

I'm just getting in to this cider/wine making hobby I've been trying to read up, but I want to be sure I understand a few things as I plan for some future equipment purchases.

I started out simply...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-04-2012, 03:28 PM
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Posted By clengman
Grapes have a lot of sugar, enough that you...

Grapes have a lot of sugar, enough that you really don't need to add any sugar to make a wine. Most other fruit doesn't contain nearly as much natural sugar so if you want a final product with 7 or 8...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-02-2012, 12:36 AM
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Posted By clengman
Hi I just mixed up my first batch of Apfelwein. I...

Hi I just mixed up my first batch of Apfelwein. I followed EdWort's recipe to the letter. The only issue is that my space allotment for playing with fermentables is in an unheated coal cellar. I just...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2012, 08:17 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By clengman
You would add the tannin when the primary...

You would add the tannin when the primary fermentation is done and after racking to a secondary?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By clengman
It looks really nice. That's definitely something...

It looks really nice. That's definitely something to consider. Do you ever have any issues with the outflow getting stopped up? Do you hook up an airhose to help cool it? Thanks!
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2012, 07:26 PM
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Posted By clengman
Best plan for cider with too much acid?

I currently have my first batch of cider fermenting in a 3L wine jug. The juice is from sweet dessert (red and golden delicious) apples I have growing in my backyard. I suspected that they would not...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2012, 04:36 PM
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Posted By clengman
I've been looking into food grade coatings that...

I've been looking into food grade coatings that would be suitable to protect the bare metal parts of my shredder before using it for apples, and came across a food grade silicone lubricant (usually...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2012, 03:35 AM
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Posted By clengman
Just to be clear I'm not talking about a blender...

Just to be clear I'm not talking about a blender or a food processor. It's a meat grinder. The thing can crunch down bones. I did a bushel of apples this year and it barely got warm.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2012, 03:27 AM
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Posted By clengman
Sounds similar to the one i have for yard waste....

Sounds similar to the one i have for yard waste. Maybe next year I'll just clean it well and give it a shot. Thanks.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-24-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By clengman
Bottle in airtight container with a tiny bit of...

Bottle in airtight container with a tiny bit of residual yeast and a measured dose of additional sugar. The yeast ferments the sugar, produces some CO2 that dissolves in the cider because it can't...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-24-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,143
Posted By clengman
Sure, but handling each apple individually adds...

Sure, but handling each apple individually adds far more time than that to the whole process. It's exactly what I did when I ground my apples using my kitchenaid grinder. I was cutting up apples as...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-24-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By clengman
Thanks for the input so far. Re: DIY - I can...

Thanks for the input so far.

Re: DIY - I can do some light machining and a little carpentry, but just don't have a lot of time for that kind of thing theses days. Home repairs are keeping me busy...
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