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Old 01-18-2010, 03:08 AM   #31
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GF - yep, I've heard of using using Honeycrisp for cider. Its supposed to be pretty good. Around here they are an early season apple. I tried to get some at the beginning of the season but no one had any #2's and the regular bushel price was too steep
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:15 PM   #32
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I read that article when it first came out. It's what inspired me to start brewing cider.
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:50 PM   #33
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Speaking of readily available commercial cider, is Harpoon's any good? I see it all the time, but never pull the trigger.
I was at their brewery in October. From the little bit of brain picking I did I got out of them that they use an ale yeast for their cider. It's similar to Original Sin, maybe a little sweeter. Not bad, but nothing amazing.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:06 PM   #34
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I just had a bottle of this the Solstice Cider made by http://organicscrumpy.com/index.html
and it was like having a slice of apple pie! A little too sweet for my tastes, but good enough that have to go back and try the regular farmhouse scrumpy. I read a review and it said it was not sweet and not over dry. It sounds like it is just what I like!

If I ever won the lottery I would buy or start an orchard and would make cider/mead full time =) We all must have our dreams!

Now back to making my apple/pear graff
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:46 PM   #35
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Kevin: Have you, or have you heard of anyone making cider from [I]Honeycrisp[I] apples? I'm curious as to the results. Regards, GF.
I made some graff and a cyser from some cider that had honeycrisp in the blend. It came out a bit more tart than (more bite) than the later season graffs I did. They also had less sugar so the ABV was lower. I plan on making a straight cider with them next year. I also made a cyser using them. That is currently stuck. I have to get a gallon starter going to unstick it.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:19 PM   #36
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Now if western Canada could do the same... what gets called cider in BC isn't cider at all, usually.
If you're talking about that Grower's suger water than yup not even close to cider. Makes me feel ill ever time I drink it. TOO much sugar.
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I made some graff and a cyser from some cider that had honeycrisp in the blend. It came out a bit more tart than (more bite) than the later season graffs I did. They also had less sugar so the ABV was lower. I plan on making a straight cider with them next year. I also made a cyser using them. That is currently stuck. I have to get a gallon starter going to unstick it.
Interesting. I had some concerns that Honeycrisp juice might ferment out too tart, as 1 of it's parents is MacIntosh. I have GOT to find some real cider apple juice.
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GF - here's a listing of some Montana orchards. Dont know if any are near you
http://www.allaboutapples.com/orchard/mt.htm
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Old Time Cider (Dave) posted on Facebook/twittered today about another article. See his comments first at http://www.easportsactive.com/product.action, which has a link to the article.
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Post the link to the article not the EA boards or what ever. My firewall won't let me through to game boards.
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