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  1. K

    1st pear cider from our tree.

    Campden (sulfite) may be more trouble than it's worth if you don't have a pH meter. It's not one-size-fits-all; the proper amount depends on pH. That is a great point. i was just trying to avoid pasteurizing. simmering about 185 for 30-45 mins which is what i have done in the past. i like...
  2. K

    1st pear cider from our tree.

    so i tasted the product floating above the trub on my last bottle. i am hoping that after aging for 6-12 months it will mellow out significantly and this is just a product of it being new and dry. going to start another batch soon with the remainder on the tree. i would like to use campden tabs...
  3. K

    1st pear cider from our tree.

    This was a test batch as i am not sure how these pears do making hard cider. they are delicious but not overly sweet and very juicy. (not sure what kind of pears) I just bottled 5 gallons and it fermented well. nice strong ferment from wild yeast. i was totally unprepared so i didnt have much to...
  4. K

    Small 4x4 cider press

    that is good to know about the wax. will that seal any leaks? i was planning on getting some food grade silicone to seal it up. yes i plan on using a car jack and will prob make some racks out of cedar. the posts are pressure treated. (old fence posts) and the trays walls are untreated white...
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    Small 4x4 cider press

    Built this small press for the pears out of scrap. It was a quick prototype. I notched the 4x4s with a chainsaw and nailed it all up. Tray is a piece of wood countertop. Not suree it will hold. Planning to use garbage disposal as i have in the past which hopefully i wont need to add too much...
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    Dandelion wine/acid blend goof

    I did read that, its only one gallon so i am just going to wait it out and see how it tastes. Hopefully its not too tart. I will just have to make another gallon or 2 when i get some more free time
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    Dandelion wine/acid blend goof

    So i decided to spend the time to make a one gallon batch of dandelion wine. I picked all the flowers, pulled all the petals off, steeped as my recipe called for, strain and filtered (twice) added the sugar, and then proceeded to put almost 4 tablespoons of acid blend in (recipe calls for 4...
  8. K

    Apple butter cider

    Yea it def did. No pectic enzyme atleast yet... I usually do with cider but didnt have any with me. Only been sitting for 1 week so far, so it should clear up another week or 2. Like. Said the one v on the left was the second one and the must got stirred up during the siphon of that one
  9. K

    Apple butter cider

    The one on the left was the second one if you can tell there is more sediment settling out than the one on the right
  10. K

    Apple butter cider

    Quite delicious after back sweetening a little sample. Still very thick and had quite a time trying to siphon the "sludge" of the apple butter through. Will rack again in another week
  11. K

    Gunslinger's Graff with crabapples

    This does sound delicious. About how much did you get after the trub? Going to try to get to mine tomorrow
  12. K

    Honey wheat graff

    Recipe that i created from gunslingers graff 1- 3.3lbs can muntons wheat lme 16oz crystal 120L 12oz special B 8oz roasted barley 8oz cherrywood smoked 4oz munich Cider from crab apples 1oz centennial @60min 1oz cascade @60min 1.5 cascade @20min
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    Apple butter cider

    I made spiced apple butter and used it in a 2 gal cider both must and apple butter were made with crab apples (atleast i think thats what kind they are)
  14. K

    Gunslinger's Graff with crabapples

    I have access to lots of "crabapples" i made cider with them in 2011 which was my first pressing and after a year in bottles it was amazing. Doing a graff similar to your recipe using light wheat LME no oatmeal or chocolate malt. Instead using munic, 2 gallons cider (from "crabapples") and then...
  15. K

    Preventing over active fermentation

    I remember reading something about how fruit wines tend to bubble over while fermenting and a way to prevent it via additions but i cant find anything about it. Sent from my LG-MS770 using Home Brew mobile app
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