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Forum: Mead Forum 01-29-2013, 03:46 PM
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Posted By inexplorata
Well, no action. Looks like a re-pitch is in...

Well, no action. Looks like a re-pitch is in order. Thinking about rehydrating as advised upthread, only using a packet of SO4 I've got... slow worker, and easy enough to stop. I'm going to try to...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-27-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By inexplorata
Well, I went simplest first and added 2 tsp of...

Well, I went simplest first and added 2 tsp of boiled yeast in a quarter cup of water, cooled. Sloshed it 'round just a bit. No action after 12 hours, but I suppose I'd best wait, what, 48 before...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-26-2013, 02:56 PM
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Posted By inexplorata
Might've gone overboard...

I think I might've overestimated how far Wyeast's 4632 Dry Mead Yeast would go.

19 pounds of honey later, my OG read a whopping 1.135 back in September; this morning's reading (late January) was...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-19-2012, 09:17 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By inexplorata
"Yeah, there's some honey in there, too...."

:ban:

So my wife, who just started keeping bees (yay!) was given some equipment from a colleague who just stopped keeping bees -- a neat pile of old-school gear, including a 100-year-old...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-18-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,126
Posted By inexplorata
Seems appropriate to kick this and mention I've...

Seems appropriate to kick this and mention I've been tasting it off and on for months, opened another last night. Still nicely carbed, clear, beautiful... and has an overwhelming eucalyptus nose that...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-01-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,259
Posted By inexplorata
I had a dog that begged at the table. I cured him...

I had a dog that begged at the table. I cured him of it by always giving him a slice of lemon. He stopped begging, because the result sucked.

As others have suggested, if you have a few bottles of...
Forum: Cider Forum 08-19-2012, 09:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By inexplorata
If the smell/taste is sort of a...

If the smell/taste is sort of a camphor/medicine-y/mentholatum sort of thing, welcome to the world of Colorado wild yeasts. At least my experience with them, they don't make particularly nice tasting...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-18-2012, 01:00 PM
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Posted By inexplorata
Last year's yeast?

So I did a bunch of experiments with wild yeasts last year, and actually wound up with several bottles of something I liked quite a bit.

I've been reading about the harvesting process, and...
Forum: Cider Forum 07-09-2012, 02:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,403
Posted By inexplorata
Just noticed this; we have (what I'm pretty sure...

Just noticed this; we have (what I'm pretty sure is) a big red delicious tree that seems to produce exceptionally well about every other year, and sits with one or two apples on the off years. It's...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-12-2012, 10:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,682
Posted By inexplorata
I'm going to follow this with interest, as my...

I'm going to follow this with interest, as my plum tree is looking like it's going to deliver in a big way this year. Keep us updated on how it goes!
Forum: Cider Forum 06-08-2012, 11:02 PM
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Posted By inexplorata
I'm going to give this a go this year. Weird...

I'm going to give this a go this year. Weird frost in my part of Colorado, my apple tree (which gave me 12 gallons of juice last year) is a lost cause, but my peach tree's yield is going to be...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-16-2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By inexplorata
...Or to spoil an exceptionally well-made cider....

...Or to spoil an exceptionally well-made cider. :tank:
Forum: Cider Forum 01-26-2012, 10:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,654
Posted By inexplorata
Good news!

http://www.beveragedaily.com/Markets/Antioxidant-rich-cider-under-the-microscope
Forum: Cider Forum 01-06-2012, 10:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,126
Posted By inexplorata
Looking at my notes, by OG was 1.050, and it came...

Looking at my notes, by OG was 1.050, and it came down to 1.000 before it petered out. The *taste* is decent, but it did give me an uncharacteristic headache. :)

The smell is pretty off-putting...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-06-2012, 08:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,126
Posted By inexplorata
Just as an update, I bottled this and it carbed...

Just as an update, I bottled this and it carbed up, had my first taste last night.

...Odd nose to it, almost like eucalyptus or Cepacol? Very weird. I may go back to cultured yeasts next year.
Forum: DIY Projects 01-04-2012, 09:25 PM
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Posted By inexplorata
Google found me this thread by accident. I am...

Google found me this thread by accident. I am kicking it, because it is awesome.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-02-2011, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By inexplorata
Are you guys saying you've successfully...

Are you guys saying you've successfully pasteurized with PET bottles?
Forum: Cider Forum 12-01-2011, 12:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 986
Posted By inexplorata
I had Safale S-04 do that to me as well, only my...

I had Safale S-04 do that to me as well, only my "black" space was only about an inch deep. It also went away, and the result was tasty.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2011, 11:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,126
Posted By inexplorata
Day 11 (the last day for the giant white bubble...

Day 11 (the last day for the giant white bubble -- popped it to thief a gravity sample)
http://i987.photobucket.com/albums/ae360/HighcountrysCrap/cider/Day11.jpg

Day 12 (this "dual layering"...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2011, 11:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,126
Posted By inexplorata
24 days of wild yeast (many pics)....

This was the last picking off the tree out back, a little more than two gallons of juice that did some interesting things in the carboy, to say the least.

Basically just juiced the apples and put...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-27-2011, 10:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,561
Posted By inexplorata
This has been an awesome thread, thanks so much...

This has been an awesome thread, thanks so much for coming back to it.

...Sounds like you've indeed brewed some dark stuff. Perhaps the only step left is to distill it into prune brandy! :D
Forum: Cider Forum 11-16-2011, 05:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,147
Posted By inexplorata
I can attest that a single pint of my first wild...

I can attest that a single pint of my first wild yeast still cider (4% abv) gets me way more looped than two pints of my cultured yeast, carbed batch (6.5%). No idea why, but it's so.
Forum: Cider Forum 11-15-2011, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By inexplorata
Thanks. I sort of split the difference -- gave it...

Thanks. I sort of split the difference -- gave it three hours at room temperature, then stuck it in the fridge. It's slightly firm, but not crazy hard just yet, so I'll keep an eye on it. It's the...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-15-2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By inexplorata
Experimenting with crashing at different SGs, bottlebomb question:

My final batch is turning into an experimental one. :ban:

I've got a great cloudy fizzy mess of wild yeasties going, and I'm planning to pull and fill several small PET bottles' worth out as...
Forum: Cider Forum 11-15-2011, 12:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,973
Posted By inexplorata
I'm scratching my head on this -- you reopen the...

I'm scratching my head on this -- you reopen the PET bottles and add the sulfite/sorbate, and close them up tight again?
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