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Forum: Cider Forum 02-29-2008, 05:51 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Schmitz
Of note, the Pectic Enzyme is a year old and has...

Of note, the Pectic Enzyme is a year old and has been in the cold for a good period of time. Not sure if that matters.

I was under the assumption that pectic enzyme added even to a hazey...
Forum: Cider Forum 02-25-2008, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,696
Posted By Schmitz
Pectic Enzyme in Secondary

I've been making 30gallons a year for the past 3 seasons with my own apples. But this year somethings different.

My cider is not clearing in any of the carboys. Like years past, I left it in...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-25-2008, 04:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,882
Posted By Schmitz
I pressed 30 gallons and left it on my porch in...

I pressed 30 gallons and left it on my porch in late October. The temperature swung down to mid 40's in the carboys. Action ceased.

I guess that's not shocking (pun?), but I do like to keep it...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-25-2008, 03:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,323
Posted By Schmitz
I pressed 30 gallons at my home last October. As...

I pressed 30 gallons at my home last October. As in years past, I'm a bit slow to rack. This year was no different, I finally racked it all last eve.

I'd like to rack at 6 weeks but at 2 and 3...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-27-2007, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,152
Posted By Schmitz
That's right. As Evan said, what the website is...

That's right. As Evan said, what the website is trying to do is arrest the fermentation creating a sweeter cider. And a still one at that. Personally, I love Still ciders. Of course if you keg,...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-26-2007, 04:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 586
Posted By Schmitz
Crazy's way is best. If you don't have...

Crazy's way is best.

If you don't have the carboy hood atm. Then simply put the carboy a good 3feet+ over the racking carboy/bottling bucket for gravity. Throw a racking cane in, clean your...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2007, 07:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,187
Posted By Schmitz
After 70 gallons the past 2 years, I use campden...

After 70 gallons the past 2 years, I use campden in everything.
It's personally pressed and very unpastuerized.

Never had a problem. I prefer this over store bought or pastuerized. After 20...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2007, 07:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,541
Posted By Schmitz
Is that blue bucket there to contain all the...

Is that blue bucket there to contain all the yeast that will blow out of that tiny head space?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2007, 07:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,037
Posted By Schmitz
1lb of sugar to 1gallon of juice you're going for...

1lb of sugar to 1gallon of juice you're going for that 10+ abv% I see.

Cider takes longer to ferment (and certainly age) then beer. 10 days is a start, but I'd let it sit for 3 and 4 weeks....
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-19-2007, 11:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 625
Posted By Schmitz
Thank you for the help! Realizing that 7lbs...

Thank you for the help!

Realizing that 7lbs of extract is easily half the cost of the kit itself, and it's a harmless mold, I'll just scrape and boil.

It doesn't appear to be crystalization,...
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-19-2007, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 625
Posted By Schmitz
Old Extract kit, may have mold.

Hi guys,

I picked up a vanilla oatmeal stout partial mash in January '06.
For various reasons I haven't got around to it, usually messing around with another batch before I could get to this...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-18-2007, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,059
Posted By Schmitz
The funky smell may be from the natural yeast...

The funky smell may be from the natural yeast that you didn't kill off first.

That is, if you didn't pasterize or (preferrably) add campden beforehand.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-15-2007, 02:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By Schmitz
Thank you Dave.

Thank you Dave.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-14-2007, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By Schmitz
I really appreciate the help. What is the...

I really appreciate the help.

What is the reasoning behind freezing first? To kill thriving bacteria? And wouldn't heating to 160F prior do the same?

Thanks again.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-11-2007, 04:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,168
Posted By Schmitz
Correct way to use Fruit in Cider?

Hi guys,

I've really poured through the forums on this one but couldn't come up with enough data that satisfies.

What is the correct way to use fruit in cider?

I've read use in primary.....
Forum: Cider Forum 10-05-2007, 01:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 737
Posted By Schmitz
Bobby, thank you on your thoughts on cin sticks,...

Bobby, thank you on your thoughts on cin sticks, Ill try em in the primary this round.

Adolphus, the other 3 would have been a mix of yellow delicious, jonathan and granny smith.

The cider...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-04-2007, 07:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 737
Posted By Schmitz
Bitterness, how can you avoid it?

Hi guys,

I brewed 20gallons of cider last season from my orchard.

It turned out wonderful, yet very bitter. The only changes I made from each of the 4 carboys used was yeast. 3 out of 4 had...
Forum: Cider Forum 01-24-2007, 08:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 982
Posted By Schmitz
Agreed to taste. I use Lactose in...

Agreed to taste.

I use Lactose in secondary. And often use a solid pound of it per 5gallons.
Forum: Cider Forum 01-23-2007, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,085
Posted By Schmitz
Perfect. Thank you Darkstar.

Perfect. Thank you Darkstar.
Forum: Cider Forum 01-23-2007, 02:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,085
Posted By Schmitz
Sorbistat K, How much to add

I figured its a simple question but I dont have a scale and I purchased sorbistat k to add in my secondary, sweeten it then bottle a still cider.

It says .5 to .75 grams per gallon. On two other...
Forum: Cider Forum 12-27-2006, 11:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 964
Posted By Schmitz
Thanks guys. Since I'm bottling later on,...

Thanks guys.

Since I'm bottling later on, Ill just have to go with a still cider if I want to sweetened it w/ concentrate.
Forum: Cider Forum 12-20-2006, 08:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 964
Posted By Schmitz
Preservatives in Concentrate?

Hi,

I have 3 carboys ready to be racked after 2 months.

At this point I'm going to use 2 frozen concentrate cans per 5 gallons in the secondary to sweetened it up.

That's dandy and all...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-06-2006, 05:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 813
Posted By Schmitz
Update: Observations and Questions Thanks...

Update: Observations and Questions

Thanks again guys btw. That info was useful.

I didn't bother with the energizer somewhere about the 40th hour of pitching 3 different yeasts in 4 carboys...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-06-2006, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 631
Posted By Schmitz
I just did 4 batches, a pair of 5 gallon and a...

I just did 4 batches, a pair of 5 gallon and a pair of 4 gallon carboys at once.

3 different yeasts, including 2 seperate wine yeasts and a ale yeast. Not one was bubbling at 24hrs in various 60...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-01-2006, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 813
Posted By Schmitz
I could use some more added advice.. The...

I could use some more added advice..

The Morning after...

I went with the 18gallon route between 4 carboys.

My first problem was keeping the stoppers from not popping out of the carboy....
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