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Old 02-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #801
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If you need to give the bottles a gentle turning to mix the yeast and sugar, raise temp to low-mid 70's.


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Old 02-19-2013, 09:45 PM   #802
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Has anyone used cane sugar instead of corn sugar for this recipe? If so is it just as good?


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Old 02-19-2013, 10:33 PM   #803
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Put 3 gallons of this up yesterday. No airlock activity yet but I am getting a bit of yeast bloom on the top so hopefully things are progressing well enough.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:34 PM   #804
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Has anyone used cane sugar instead of corn sugar for this recipe? If so is it just as good?
I haven't used it, but you might want to check out this thread, Corn VS Cane Sugar.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:36 PM   #805
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Put 3 gallons of this up yesterday. No airlock activity yet but I am getting a bit of yeast bloom on the top so hopefully things are progressing well enough.
Are you using Nottingham? I have found that the Notty can be deceptive, producing almost no krausen, but fermenting away just as it should be.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:24 PM   #806
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Are you using Nottingham? I have found that the Notty can be deceptive, producing almost no krausen, but fermenting away just as it should be.
And THAT'S the reason I'll be using a 5 gal secondary for this batch next time allowing an open primary!
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:07 AM   #807
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Are you using Nottingham? I have found that the Notty can be deceptive, producing almost no krausen, but fermenting away just as it should be.
Yes Nottingham and it has only been 24 hours so I did not expect a typical beer krausen layer. My OG was 1.072. 3 gallons of apple juice from three different sources and 19 oz of dextrose. It is sitting at 68 degrees right now.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:07 PM   #808
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Thanks for the time and effort Mike, Im thinking of mixing this up with the following changes:

1. cutting the carmel and cinnamon by half
2. adding 1 or 2 split vanilla beans into the secondary for a few days
3. im going to ferment with Pacman yeast as well

im also thinking of adding about 4 oz of malto dextrine for an added layer of complexity

other then that it will be your new and improved recipe ...

anyone see any issues with the above changes?
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:03 PM   #809
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Just bottled my first attempt at this cider. Hit most of the numbers, juice was 1.050, addedd sugar to mix= s.g 1.064, after 14 days it was 1.012-1.014. Bottled it up with the syrup and 3 cans of frozen juice. My main concern is I've never bottled anything that wasn't finished its fermentation. Was this supposed to be finished at 1.010-1.014 ?
A little worried now that I've bottled my 5 gal batch will be all over my floor when I get home tonight.
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Just bottled my first attempt at this cider. Hit most of the numbers, juice was 1.050, addedd sugar to mix= s.g 1.064, after 14 days it was 1.012-1.014. Bottled it up with the syrup and 3 cans of frozen juice. My main concern is I've never bottled anything that wasn't finished its fermentation. Was this supposed to be finished at 1.010-1.014 ?
A little worried now that I've bottled my 5 gal batch will be all over my floor when I get home tonight.
Copied from the instructions:
"If you are carbing in the bottle, be aware that this will carb up fast (4 - 5 days) due to all the sugar. When it is time to bottle the batch, I highly recommend that you fill and cap a plastic pop bottle (NOT a water bottle) first, and use that as a guide to tell you when it will be time to Stovetop Pasteurize the batch."

Keep an eye on the carb levels. if you didn't use a plastic test bottle, you may have to pop the top on a bottle in a couple days and see how it is going.


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