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Forum: Cider Forum 02-19-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By LoudounBrew
Beginning to wonder if this is malolactic...

Beginning to wonder if this is malolactic fermentation. The juice/cider is cloudy. From my little bit of reading, it doesn't sound like MLF causes the cider to turn cloudy, but I could be wrong.
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Forum: Cider Forum 02-18-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By LoudounBrew
Well, I've certainly spilled my share of apple...

Well, I've certainly spilled my share of apple juice on the floor of my brew room in my basement. I try to clean it up, but I wouldn't be surprised if I missed some. I suppose that LAB could have...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-17-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By LoudounBrew
oljimmy, Thanks. I never thought about...

oljimmy,

Thanks. I never thought about malolactic fermentation. The juice that I used was store-bought and pasteurized, but it was pure pressed apple juice with no other additive. Also, I did add...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-17-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By LoudounBrew
+1 on giving it time. Twelve days is nothing. I...

+1 on giving it time. Twelve days is nothing. I usually wait a minimum of three months before drinking ciders made from ale or cider yeast and preferably wait five months. With apfelwein, it's...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-16-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By LoudounBrew
Cider Started Fermenting Again after 2 Months

Have an apfelwein in a secondary. Just noticed to tonight that it has started fermenting again. Initial fermentation stopped in mid-December. I transferred to a secondary around the new year, so it's...
Forum: General Techniques 11-21-2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By LoudounBrew
Interesting. These are hops that I bought in bulk...

Interesting. These are hops that I bought in bulk and then froze. I've had them for awhile and there were times that they were left at room temp for a couple of days. Actually, both times it was the...
Forum: General Techniques 11-21-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By LoudounBrew
Thanks. Like a dumb ass, I forgot to mark the...

Thanks. Like a dumb ass, I forgot to mark the carboy last time where the beer went bad. This time, I'm going to just toss the plastic carboy.

But I still find it odd that the infection(s) seems to...
Forum: General Techniques 11-20-2013, 08:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By LoudounBrew
One Carboy Fine, One Carboy Cloudy After Dry Hopping

For the second straight brew, one of my carboys turned very cloudy while the other looked fine after dry hopping. (I do 10-gallon batches.)

Can't figure it out. Both carboys are filled with beer...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-02-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,992
Posted By LoudounBrew
Yooper, Thanks. From now on, I'll start my...

Yooper,

Thanks. From now on, I'll start my ciders in my 6 gallon better bottles and rack to my 5 gallon carboys.

Live and learn.
Forum: Cider Forum 03-31-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,992
Posted By LoudounBrew
Yooper, What if topping up requires 1/2 to...

Yooper,

What if topping up requires 1/2 to one gallon of juice? Wouldn't that amount of juice kick-start fermentation again, leading to another round of lees and another racking requiring topping...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-29-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By LoudounBrew
Thanks to All - One last question on best yeast for cider from cider-making orchard

Thanks for the info.

Cvillekevin, thanks, I'll hold off on back-sweetening wpl775. My next cider will be S-04, so I'll see where that finishes. Maybe I won't need it. I generally like my ciders on...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-28-2013, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By LoudounBrew
Do I Need Campden Tablets/Sorbate if Kegging

Hey, I've seen this touched on, but I was hoping for a direct discussion. My plan is to let my cider ferment dry, which should take 2-4 weeks. Then, I'll rack to a secondary for another couple of...
Forum: Cider 03-24-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,523
Posted By LoudounBrew
Not playing games with the Malic Acid

Maybe my conversions aren't accurate, but isn't 3 oz equal to ~6 tablespoons. That's a lot of malic acid. I've seen a few recipes with 1 or 2 tablespoons for a 5 gallon batch, so 6 tbsp quite a bit -...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-24-2013, 11:14 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 224
Posted By LoudounBrew
White Residue on Top of Kegerator from BLC

Just clean out my beer lines on my kegerator for the first time. Some BLC mix spilled out on to the top of the kegerator. No big deal, I thought. I just wiped it off. But now there is a white...
Forum: Cider 02-19-2013, 05:19 PM
Replies: 371
Views: 125,212
Posted By LoudounBrew
Why not just use tannins and malic acid?

Been poking around looking for a nice cider recipe and found this one. Freezeblade was clever to use black tea and lime to reproduce the tannins and acid in English cider apples. However, I'm...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-17-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 12,349
Views: 2,192,711
Posted By LoudounBrew
Rack to Secondary?

I know that Edwort says that you don't need to rack to secondary, but cider people seem to swear by it, saying that leaving it on lees for too long makes for some bad flavors.

So how come the...
Forum: Cider 02-14-2013, 04:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,523
Posted By LoudounBrew
Any updates to recipe

Intrigued by the recipe. Has anyone gotten the amounts of tannins and malic acid down to the correct ratio?

Also, should you make a starter for this recipe or can you just use one vial?
Forum: Cider Forum 02-09-2013, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 722
Posted By LoudounBrew
Yuri, Thanks. I'm on my way. I miss the...

Yuri,

Thanks. I'm on my way. I miss the stuff. Couldn't really find in the U.S. for a long time. Occasionally, I'd see it in a German store but it was crazy expensive.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-09-2013, 06:47 PM
Replies: 12,349
Views: 2,192,711
Posted By LoudounBrew
Edwort's Apfelwein without adding sugar

I'm thinking of brewing up a batch of Edwort's Apfelwein. I used to live in Frankfurt and really enjoyed the apple wine. But looking at Edwort's recipe, he adds sugar and gets the ABV up to ~9%. I...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-09-2013, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 722
Posted By LoudounBrew
Edwort's Apfelwein Without Sugar

I'm thinking of brewing up a batch of Edwort's Apfelwein. I used to live in Frankfurt and really enjoyed the apple wine. But looking at Edwort's recipe, he adds sugar and gets the ABV up to ~9%. I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-06-2013, 02:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By LoudounBrew
erikpete, I'll be putting each carboy into...

erikpete,

I'll be putting each carboy into its own keg, so I should be able to do a taste test, though one will be able to condition longer, so not a fair fight.

mkeckjr,

That's a very good...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-05-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By LoudounBrew
Accidental Experiment with Trub and Krausen

I brew 10 gallon batches. On Sunday's brew, the trub really settled out. So when I went to drain the wort into my two carboys, the first carboy was filled with beautifully clear wort. But the second...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-28-2013, 11:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,687
Posted By LoudounBrew
Hey, Thanks for the testing. I tried a...

Hey,

Thanks for the testing. I tried a similar set up on my last brew. I used an old hard plastic tube - maybe from a bottling wand, but can't remember. I put the hard plastic tube with a small...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-17-2013, 06:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 293
Posted By LoudounBrew
Soaked Dry Hop Bag in PBW by Mistake

Last night I grabbed the wrong bottle and soaked a nylon bag, marbles and string in PBW instead of StarStan. Then I drop all of them and some hops into the fermenter. Is that enough PBW to mess up...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-07-2013, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By LoudounBrew
I made an 11 gallon batch. Pitched a packet of...

I made an 11 gallon batch. Pitched a packet of Nottingham into one carboy and Safale 05 in the other. Hydrated both. Wort was at ~65 degrees overnight; I'm letting the carboys warm up to 68 now.
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