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Old 02-02-2013, 03:19 PM   #11
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i havent got a hydrometer yet, this cider and a sugar wine in a milk jug are my first ventures in homebrewing. i started the sugar wine not last monday but the one before and the cider last night. i'm as green as it gets with this stuff. just fooling around right now but i intend to get more serious about it.



 
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:52 PM   #12
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Ok, well welcome to homebrewing I would definitely buy one when you get a chance, you can get them for under $10. Also, scroll up, and watch the Youtube video I posted. Also that guy CraigTube, has a TON of beer, cider, wine videos you can watch.



 
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:05 PM   #13
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i havent got a hydrometer yet, this cider and a sugar wine in a milk jug are my first ventures in homebrewing. i started the sugar wine not last monday but the one before and the cider last night. i'm as green as it gets with this stuff. just fooling around right now but i intend to get more serious about it.
6 bucks well spent...until your wife knocks it over and breaks it...
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:30 PM   #14
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6 bucks well spent...until your wife knocks it over and breaks it...
Agreed, and I would recommend buying 2 I'm on my 3rd one in two months already.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:16 PM   #15
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i've got my hydrometer ordered. 24 hours after i mixed my first batch of cider the ballon is standing on end but i dont see much fiz yet. 12 days after i mixed my first milk jug of sugar wine the balloon on it has colapsed. at this point i understand that it is done and i should put the jug in the fridge to stop the yeast, am i on the right track?

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:26 PM   #16
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Hydrometer is the best way to go, since you don't have one yet, 12 days "should" be enough time. So yes you can put it in the fridge if you want. That will "slow" down fermentation, and the yeast will go dormant. Now at this point you can decide if you want to bottle some, adding a little sugar to the bottle, or drink it non-carbonated.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:41 PM   #17
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not sure what to bottle it in, i have a gallon glass jug i can put it in, how much sugar do u think i should add? i think i would like it to have carbonation but now sure how i am gonna go about drinking it, i may cut up some lemons and make a lemonade with it. should i put the lid on it? thanks for putting up with my questions.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:52 PM   #18
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Well I got into my sugar wine. Put it in the fridge but not after I sampled it. Defiantly can tell its powerful, has lots of fiz. Kinda nasty tasting stuff but I'm hooked, I can't wait to sample the cider in a couple weeks
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:48 AM   #19
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not sure what to bottle it in, i have a gallon glass jug i can put it in, how much sugar do u think i should add? i think i would like it to have carbonation but now sure how i am gonna go about drinking it, i may cut up some lemons and make a lemonade with it. should i put the lid on it? thanks for putting up with my questions.
I know for beer, I used to add 2 1/2 tsp of sugar to a 1L bottle. Now I add sugar to the bottling bucket, and fill all my bottles. I just bottled some cider the other day, and add 2 tsp of sugar to each 1L bottle, plus just put some in the fridge without sugar. I wanted to taste this carbonated and without carbonation. So for a whole gallon, you could try 8 - 10 tsp.

 
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:26 AM   #20
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Man I looked in the fridge and the balloon is expanding again, that don't make sence does it



 
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