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Old 11-19-2013, 12:00 AM   #161
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I followed the original recipe almost exactly using Notty yeast just over 2 weeks ago and my gravity is sitting around +/- 1.024. I didn't bother with an OG but I figured it would drop pretty low because it's almost completely simple sugars.

Hmmm. It's great tasting just still very sweet and thick like cider. Should I repitch another pack? Half pack? I think it would taste great once carbed but I'm a bit scared of bombs.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:22 PM   #162
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[QUOTE=nukinfuts29;3615131]Yes. Wrap them in the towels in a tote or the bathtub so that if they explode, the glass does not fly all over and the cider doesn't either.

I plan to bottle in 1 liter plastic seltzer bottles. Since they can take tons of pressure, would it be the best way to keep it fizzy?

PS Is the chocolate flavor too much for this? I was considering just dropping that ingredient.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:21 PM   #163
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Made this up a couple months ago, followed the original recipe exactly. Ended up with an OG of 1.088!, much higher then anticipated. Took over a month to ferment down (I think due to low ferm. temp and possible under pitching), I bottled with a FG of 1.008 putting it at 10.5% ABV .

I let it carb up for 2 weeks and sit in the fridge for a week after that, trying one every week. This stuff is definitely better carbed, makes it much smoother. I was concerned that the high ABV would make it taste hot but the alcohol is hidden very well. This stuff is delicious! I don't really get much of the chocolate but the cinnamon and nutmeg come through. This stuff is a big hit among my friends. Surprisingly smooth, just the right amount of sweetness. I will keep this on my list of things to make again!
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:09 AM   #164
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I mixed up a batch of this today per the original recipe ended up with an og of 1.082
Smelled great going into the carboy. Really looking forward to this one.
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Old 12-20-2014, 08:11 PM   #165
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I'm gonna go ahead and "dredge" up this old thread...I just made a gallon tester of this recipe, although I subbed light brown sugar for dark brown sugar...I used 3 tablespoons of the swiss miss powder that I "borrowed" from the church's hot-choco tub...Am looking forward to tasting this; man it smelled good going into primary!!!
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:32 PM   #166
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Racked this off at 1.007...the flavor is quite interesting...hint of chocolate and malt...I love the taste from the ale yeast and there is really heavy body to this-I would surmise it comes from the dried milk powder in the instant cocoa packet...not much cinnamon flavor, although there were a faint scent and of it on the nose...going to let this clear up a bit more, and then back sweeten, and stovetop pasteurize after carbonated...
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:23 PM   #167
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Thank you for reviving this thread. I wouldn't have seen it otherwise. Going to try this recipe next.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:22 PM   #168
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Original post batch size is 5 gallons, but the recipe only calls for 4 gallons of cider/juice.

Did I miss something?
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