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    Adding fruit to beer, avoiding SO2 & H2S

    Hey all, I've got a question regarding using fruit that has some trace sulfites. I'm not concerned with the sulfites inhibiting yeast or bacteria production in this case, as the beer's done and it'll be force carbed. But I've got a short window until it needs to be consumed, and I don't want...
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    Gruit Pilsner - Thoughts?

    Is the experimental beer intended to be highly drinkable, or a few sip after dinner drink? If the former, I'd seriously ease up on the quantities and add more next time if you felt it was warranted.
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    Results from juice, yeast and sugar experiments

    Looking at some options in the next week that include Granny Smith, Jona Prince, Jona Gold, Pink Lady, and Fuji. Didn't use the Fuji or Jona's last year, any thoughts? Just bought a used Buon Vino Mini-Jet filter-pump on ebay, I plan on using this in lieu of cold-crashing and / or chemicals...
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    Results from juice, yeast and sugar experiments

    Hey there, thanks again for all the insight over the past year or so as I've started playing with cider-making. I've got an orchard I've been working with who's very helpful, but not experienced with hard-cider making. Do you have any rules of thumb for varietal / brix / etc decisions. I...
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    Sweet cider suggestions

    Kevin, thanks for the response. I read some of the forum threads you'd started last year, my first year making cider, and found them very insightful. Cold crashing, however, on 7 or so 5 gallon batches was a mixed bag for me and too unpredictable and somewhat annoying when I've got a lot of...
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    Sweet cider suggestions

    Can you use a plate filter, at some level of fineness and get the yeast out? Wanted to play aorund with this this year, was thinking somewhere b/w 2 - 0.5 micron range. Any thoughts on this, and negative consequences (i.e. body?). Read something on BYO about needing to do some pectin tests...
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    Results from juice, yeast and sugar experiments

    CK, thanks for all the info. Got 4 out of 6 batches mentioned previously in primary, with the Granny's (or maybe I'll switch that to something more balanced) coming in this week. Everything's chugging along, they've all dropped from the 1.06/1.065 to 1.045-1.04 levels after 3 full days. On...
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    Results from juice, yeast and sugar experiments

    Been reading through this thread for the past couple of days as I get ready to pick up some cider from an orchard north of Atlanta. I've got a fair amount of experience on the beer side, but the cider homebrew world is new to me. I know I like the Normandy styles of ciders, and for still I...
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