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Old 10-05-2012, 09:52 PM   #121
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Just made up 2 gallons of this and WOW! am I suprised how good it tastes going into the primary. Looking forward to the finished product. Just wish I would have started it earlier.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:21 AM   #122
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Hey I will be starting this monday. Just curious if anyone ended up using a pectic enzyme or yeast nutrient?
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:59 PM   #123
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Fantastic Cider - thanks so much for sharing after all your cider brewing.
I couldn't keep the stuff around for more than a week after putting it on tap. Going to have to make some more soon!
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:27 AM   #124
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I am thinking of doing this recipe. I have a couple of questions though... First off, I am am completely blind and fairly new to all of this. .

My questions for this recipe are:

1. How long have people found that this needs to be kept in the primary, if you follow the recipe fairly closely?
2. After racking to secondary, how long do people find they keep it in secondary before bottleing?
3. Is there any need to cold-crash or bottle pasturize this?

Being blind I cannot take gravity readings and such, since I really have not found a good way to do so. Thus I think I need to go with what other people have found for timing and hope for the best.

Thanks!
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:43 PM   #125
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I am thinking of doing this recipe. I have a couple of questions though... First off, I am am completely blind and fairly new to all of this. .

My questions for this recipe are:

1. How long have people found that this needs to be kept in the primary, if you follow the recipe fairly closely?
2. After racking to secondary, how long do people find they keep it in secondary before bottleing?
3. Is there any need to cold-crash or bottle pasturize this?

Being blind I cannot take gravity readings and such, since I really have not found a good way to do so. Thus I think I need to go with what other people have found for timing and hope for the best.

Thanks!
You know... I work on computers all day and have found my eyesight rapidly diminishing. I was thinking about how I would brew if I couldn't see any more. Gravity readings was where I got stuck. There must be a way to do this electronically and get an audio read out...
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:12 AM   #126
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I just made this recipe as my very first foray into brewing. I did forgo the Nestle Packets in favor of Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder, and the option of adding lactose before bottling. I did this primarily to avoid the corn syrup and other bad filler stuff in the cocoa mix. The brew store near me was out of Nottinghams, and Safale S-04 was suggested as the best alternative. I'll post back to let you know how it turns out!
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:36 AM   #127
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What does everyone back sweete with? I was thinking of using honey for taste. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:36 AM   #128
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What does everyone back sweete with? I was thinking of using honey for taste. Any suggestions?
I have made several batches of this. I typically use 2 cans of frozen concentrate straight up for a scaled 5 gal batch. I think that this latest batch I may have to add some plain AJ as when I transfered it to secondary, I was at over 9%ABV!
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:00 PM   #129
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anyone do comparisons with the nottingham versus Montrachet or Champagne yeast? I have some of both kicking around and don't want to run out to my LHBS (half hour drive) for a 75 cent item.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:55 AM   #130
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I made a full batch of this but used some items that I already had on hand:

3 gallons store brand 100% juice
1/2 gallon motts fresh pressed unfiltered juice
1/2 gallon motts cider
WLP 775 English Cider Yeast (expired 05/12 )

All other additions were per recipe. It is happily bubbling away as I type.
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