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Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-01-2010, 04:15 AM
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There is a fruit wine maker in Astoria, OR who...

There is a fruit wine maker in Astoria, OR who does exactly what you are proposing. He is quite proud that there is no added water, sugar, fillers, flavors, etc. He also says that he has a hard time...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-30-2009, 05:56 PM
Replies: 904
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Some intro to wine making books talk about using...

Some intro to wine making books talk about using a cotton-wool plug. The Joy of Home Winemaking even uses plastic wrap and a rubber band for the first batch. Some metals that come into contact with...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-30-2009, 02:54 AM
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Another person's experiments that were recently...

Another person's experiments that were recently passed on to me: http://www.brewery.org/brewery/library/CidYeast091595.html
Forum: Cider Forum 12-29-2009, 02:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 671
Hmm, part of me says you shouldn't have to...

Hmm, part of me says you shouldn't have to because the are already sterile. Part of me wonders if they could get contaminated at the opening while pouring it. you are talking about actual cartons,...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-29-2009, 02:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,791
I'm assuming you didn't add sugar, so that is...

I'm assuming you didn't add sugar, so that is good. I'm a tad concerned about the fermenting time. There is Midwest Brew Supply, who will ship you just yeast for something like $5 or so.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-29-2009, 02:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,144
There is another thread asking the same thing. I...

There is another thread asking the same thing. I forget if it is here or over in the wine forum. Anyway, I have noticed that following the directions and using tapwater will start the batch faster...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-29-2009, 04:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,757
Downloaded it, and I agree for grape wines. Most...

Downloaded it, and I agree for grape wines. Most of the books are pretty much alike when it comes to grape wines, so why not use one for free! (unless you are into that whole book binding thing)
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-29-2009, 03:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 440
Cleaning up

Last weekend, I was rummaging though the freezer and came across some red bell peppers and some peaches my mother processed. I thought, "They sure do make a great jam together, I wonder how they...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-29-2009, 02:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,757
The Joy of Home Winemaking is really your best...

The Joy of Home Winemaking is really your best choice then. There is a Making Wild Wines and Meads book out there, but I find it inferior to both Terry Geary and Ken Schramm's books. Good book to...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-29-2009, 02:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,144
That was suppose to be a "What DaveAllen said"...

That was suppose to be a "What DaveAllen said" comment.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-29-2009, 02:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,144
Follow the directions on the packet, which say to...

Follow the directions on the packet, which say to add it to 100 degree water.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-29-2009, 02:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 444
The box of Splenda says that one teaspoon = one...

The box of Splenda says that one teaspoon = one teaspoon of sugar. I figured I use one teaspoon per cup of tea (I like my tea sweet), but on the safe side, I decided to under estimate my one gallon...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-29-2009, 02:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,540
Hmm, normally I say sometimes 48 hours isn't...

Hmm, normally I say sometimes 48 hours isn't really enough, but more like 72 hours. I would be worried if it went a week. But it already has alcohol... Is it at the same temperature it has always...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-29-2009, 02:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,757
Also my go to book. If you wanted to go...

Also my go to book.

If you wanted to go with grape wines, our local brew store uses Wine making step by step. I picked it up from the library and thumbed thought it. Seems pretty good. I don't...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-28-2009, 02:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,654
Someone with more experience with mead will...

Someone with more experience with mead will correct me if I'm wrong, but the tends I have seen on this forum is that mead takes a year before it is drinkable, and you might have had too much acid to...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-28-2009, 01:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,648
I reread your post and realized I didn't answer...

I reread your post and realized I didn't answer your question. Yes, wait for the SG to drop. However, I've also been told you will never lose a batch racking too early, but you can loose a batch...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-28-2009, 01:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,648
Actually, less nutrient fermenting slowly will...

Actually, less nutrient fermenting slowly will more likely be (somewhat) sweeter than normal. In fact, the Brits and French purposely do a method called keeving that strips out the nutrients and then...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-27-2009, 11:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,290
I had to be at home before I could really confirm...

I had to be at home before I could really confirm what color mine is - it dark, like the color of cranberry juice. Then again, I made it from good Oregon strawberries that were cut up and frozen for...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-27-2009, 08:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
When I first started making cider, I just tossed...

When I first started making cider, I just tossed it. Now, I do as the packet says. Honestly, I don't think there is that much difference, but if you follow the packet, you will probably notice...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-27-2009, 08:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,975
Yes, it will affect your cider, but in a good...

Yes, it will affect your cider, but in a good way. A slower ferment has better flavors and can sometimes be sweeter depending on the juice (keeving). A lot of English craft ciders allow theirs to...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-27-2009, 08:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,655
I use wine yeasts on all of mine, and have yet to...

I use wine yeasts on all of mine, and have yet to try a cider yeast. Good thing about wine yeasts is that they are known to let fruity flavors though.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-27-2009, 08:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 531
I asked that question of a craft cider maker a...

I asked that question of a craft cider maker a few months back. He responded, "One is the risk of infection from non-yeast organisms, bacteria etc, which may have multiplied with the yeast and...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-27-2009, 02:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,343
Okay, the OG isn't important at the moment. Find...

Okay, the OG isn't important at the moment. Find out what the SG is to see where it is at now. I still recommend racking it, as I wonder if that is part of the reason it is sour. I was once told that...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-26-2009, 11:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,343
You know, I have to add this - cider is...

You know, I have to add this - cider is fermenting apple juice. No sugar added ever. Moment you do that, you are making wine.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-26-2009, 11:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,343
Montrechet Yeast will not cold crash. Ciders in...

Montrechet Yeast will not cold crash. Ciders in general do not cold crash. Cider makers allow their stuff to freeze in outside tanks, and when they thaw, they start fermenting again.

How long ago...
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