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Old 01-29-2013, 11:04 AM   #11
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If anyone is interested, 9 days and the airlock hasn't slowed down yet! Getting a bubble every 2-3 seconds. I'm supposed to transfer to a secondary this weekend, but I'll have to see if the fermentation has slowed a little before I do.

 
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:31 PM   #12
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Did you still use the whole foods brand? The one marked organic? That's the one I use the most I like the different blend of apples and the fact you can potential drink it around 2-3 weeks...next time dnt boil the honey heat it up to 110f....this Id good practice to get into because if you get into using more expencive honeys. You will loose a lot of aromatics when you boil

 
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:29 PM   #13
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I have honeybees so I use my own honey.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:52 AM   #14
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Jackfrost,

I had a near emergency and didn't get to whole foods ( I discovered the preservatives in my cider about an hour before a planned brew time with my daughter). I actually purchased the cider at Harris Teeter and don't recall the brand. I'll see if I can find out what it was. I can tell that I am now at 2 weeks and the fermenter has only slowed a little to about every 4 seconds now on the airlock. I do know that almost all the mead brewers do not boil the honey or the cider for that matter, but I had a recipe from a published book of award winning brews (beer and mead), so I thought I would stay true to the recipe (which called for an hour long boil). I will report the outcome and plan to sample a little between racking . I do appreciate the tips and plan to try this again. Maybe next time with no boil and compare the difference.

Joe in CT, curious, how much honey do your bees produce?

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:35 PM   #15
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Joe in CT, curious, how much honey do your bees produce?
My hives have not been very productive. I've had a few that overwintered well but were very poor honey producers, and a couple that did fairly well. I may have gotten about 130 lbs.

 
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:56 PM   #16
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I primed and bottled the Cyser yesterday (3wks in primary, 3wks in secondary=6weeks). The OG was 1.14 and the FG was 1.000. There was a strong apple taste and it was a little bitter. I'll give it 2 weeks in the bottle and see how it turns out (I am checking it regularly for bottle bombs).

 
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:16 PM   #17
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A question for the experienced: How long should let the Cyser age in the bottle before enjoying the fruits of my labor?

 
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:30 PM   #18
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It's been my experiance that any cider made with honey takes a little longer to smooth out the rough edges. Brown sugar seems to take the least. My Cyser some time takes 6 months before I like it better if I can wait even longer. My same reciepe with brown sugar, much less time, maybe half.

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:16 PM   #19
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So, the end result was a very good Cyser, 14-15% alcohol and a strong apple presence. it is completely different than any of my friends have tried before, but they liked it. BTW, it will kick your a_ _

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:26 PM   #20
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Glad to hear your drink turned out well. As far as heating goes i think you should save some of your current cyser and do a identical batch minus the boiling. Compare the results and report. Oh and your mead will improve 5 fold after a year. Post a pic of your finished product! I wana see it

 
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