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Forum: Cider Forum 12-13-2012, 03:50 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Secondary clouds? Oxidization?

Racked off to secondary after a good wait on the lees. Honey crisp batches look fine but these Nova Macs have some 'clouds' forming on top. As you can see, there is ample head space which I believe...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-19-2012, 02:09 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
So it looks more like krauzen than odd white...

So it looks more like krauzen than odd white bubbles now, which, I believe is a good thing (knock on wood).
Shall i repitch some yeast? Wouldn;t the sulphites have killed the original yeast?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-17-2012, 01:40 AM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Thank you LeBreton- you always come to my rescue!...

Thank you LeBreton- you always come to my rescue!
So, I'll rack it off into a clean carboy and then add the sulphites? Any idea what may have caused this? Sterilization laziness?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-16-2012, 11:40 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Thoughts, comments or concerns?

So, we pressed these two batches the same night. We used the same apples, the same yeast etc. all at the same time. One has obviously commenced primary fermentation while the other looks a bit like...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-08-2012, 08:43 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Thanks again Lebreton! The honeycrisps were a...

Thanks again Lebreton!
The honeycrisps were a steal considering their price in the local markets.
I appreciate you're in NY and in a different zone than us (Eastern Canada) but can you recommend...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-07-2012, 03:41 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Thank you LeBreton. It wasn't in the original...

Thank you LeBreton.
It wasn't in the original books to use honeycrisps actually but we found a good source and ended up getting a hell of a deal. I plan (i'm very new however) to use it as a...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-07-2012, 01:25 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
The HONEYCRISP

I'm fortunate enough to live in a part of the world where honeycrisps grow very well. They command a very high price and most orchardists wouldn't consider making cider out of them, given the...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-02-2012, 11:39 AM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Hi AppleJacker- I think you are right! So...

Hi AppleJacker- I think you are right!

So yesterday I camehome from work and the house smells like a cidery (I suppose) and the cider was not only up into the air lock but also foaming out the...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-30-2012, 05:39 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
hah no worries. So I have some 'activity'. ...

hah no worries.
So I have some 'activity'. brownish stuff collecting on top of the juice. I assume that means fermentation has kicked in. However, I haven't really seen many bubbles coming up...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-28-2012, 11:11 AM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Alas, still nothing. The room temp is about 20C....

Alas, still nothing. The room temp is about 20C.

I think I'm going to bin the entire batch tonight. Thought about re-pitching but it has been 72 hours so far. I've lost hope. Any last minute...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-27-2012, 12:22 AM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
I guess I don't really have a choice do I? I'll...

I guess I don't really have a choice do I? I'll turn the heat on in that room. I was trying to save a few bucks by not heating that room. Thanks again Yooper!:mug:
Forum: Cider Forum 09-26-2012, 11:53 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Well back to my original concern. ...

Well back to my original concern. Fermentation....

Its been almost 48 hours and nothing appears to be happening. But I'm not certain as to what I should be seeing at this stage. I do have a rim...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-26-2012, 07:10 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
The Liberty will work as a good sweet blending...

The Liberty will work as a good sweet blending apple. Scab resistent for the most part as well!
Forum: Cider Forum 09-26-2012, 05:59 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Glad I've been redeemed! It does work...

Glad I've been redeemed!

It does work quite well. Very pelased with the results. Also, the antlers add some toughness and works as a handy cheese cloth holder ;)
Forum: Cider Forum 09-26-2012, 05:53 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
I was told by a very reputable apple grower that...

I was told by a very reputable apple grower that one consumes millions of maggotts (or traces thereof) and larvae when consuming apple juice/cider. There aren't many varieties of apples that can...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-26-2012, 12:38 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Here she be! In all her pressure withstanding...

Here she be! In all her pressure withstanding glory!
Forum: Cider Forum 09-25-2012, 03:36 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Haha, sorry cheezydemon. It was an emergency in...

Haha, sorry cheezydemon. It was an emergency in my eyes!

And I'll upload a photo of old Spikehorn tonight. As long as I can stay in the good graces of a demon.
Forum: Cider Forum 09-25-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Yooper- Thanks again. I will definitely let you...

Yooper- Thanks again. I will definitely let you know how things progress.

ditchbanker- Thanks mate- We built this massive beast of a press and named it 'Spikehorn' (antlers screwed to the top...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-24-2012, 11:24 PM
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Yooper- Thanks mate! From browsing this forum...

Yooper- Thanks mate! From browsing this forum I've noticed your posts and was secretly hoping you'd be the person to reply! Just added some champagne yeast and have my fingers crossed that I didnt...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-24-2012, 10:51 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By CrabandWinkle
Emergency???

Hi everybody,

I'm VERY new here so apologies for this.

We pressed our first batch of apples on Friday night. That evening I added Camden tablets and on Saturday night added the pectin...
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