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  1. K

    Bottled 11 gallons/3 batches of cider, didn't add campden tablets - what to expect?

    Bingo bango, green caps in Starsan solution. Thanks for the reassurance everyone! I may crack open a few over the next few weeks to see how things are going but it's good to know I most likely didn't ruin anything.
  2. K

    Bottled 11 gallons/3 batches of cider, didn't add campden tablets - what to expect?

    Last weekend we bottled about 11 gallons of cider - the first 3 of out of the 4 batches I've made. Batch #1 was made with fresh pressed cider from a local orchard, #2 from organic apple juice and #3 from a 75/25 blend of organic apple and organic pear juice. All were fermented to dryness and I...
  3. K

    Yeast stopping?

    I'd recommend a glass hydrometer, as Yooper said they're only about $5-6 at your local home brew store. Glass is easier to sanitize as any scratches in plastic could harbor bacteria. Also, the hydrometers at your local HBS will be calibrated/scaled in a way that makes sense for...
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    How many packs of yeast for high-gravity cider?

    No dishwasher :/ I do rinse the bottles I plan to reuse well as soon as they're emptied, but still feel the need to wash, then drip dry, then sanitize before bottling. I do/did. I think it's just due to the shape and the stoppers being wet with Star-San solution when installed. After a...
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    How many packs of yeast for high-gravity cider?

    Excellent, thanks for the reassurance! And sure thing! Would it be frowned upon to start a "journal" so to speak? I don't see anything like that in the last few pages of this subforum... On the automotive forums I'm active on, I have a Build Thread that documents events, activities, and...
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    How many packs of yeast for high-gravity cider?

    Exactly what I was hoping would be the case! Thanks :mug:
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    How many packs of yeast for high-gravity cider?

    Hi HBT! I started two new fermentations on 3/5/2017, a 1-gallon apple/pear cider (75%/25%, respectively), and a 6-gallon high-gravity cider. My question pertains to the latter. I started the perry (can I call it perry when it's only 25% pear juice?) first and rehydrated a 5g pack of Red...
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    Is my cider going through MLF, and if so, can I bottle it?

    I'm at a pretty steady 64-65* in the basement. I did as Yooper and Mayler suggested and racked to another carboy to see if any new sediment drops. Gravity measured about .998 - up from .996 when I transferred it to secondary - but the 32 oz of must I added on 1/1/2017 measured at 1.048. There...
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    Is my cider going through MLF, and if so, can I bottle it?

    Malolactic Fermentation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malolactic_fermentation
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    Is my cider going through MLF, and if so, can I bottle it?

    Temperature has been consistent but I can't say the same for the barometric pressure (no baraometer but the weather outside has been swinging). These bubbles/trails started a week or so after racking and haven't changed though. I'm not sure what the gravity is right now, it was .996 when I...
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    Is my cider going through MLF, and if so, can I bottle it?

    I started my first batch of cider in Early November 2016 and racked it to secondary on Jan 1, 2017 with a measured gravity of .996. I did add a little bit of apple juice to take up some head space but it's been left alone since. It's appearance today is basically the same as when I racked...
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    yeast nutrients and yeast hulls

    I've only made 2 batches of cider so far, but I've added 1/2 tsp of DAP per gallon of must to some boiled water, then rehydrating the champagne yeast per the directions (when the water cools to about 100* F) in the same water. I pour it in and call it good. Both batches have had strong...
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    checking cider alcohol content

    I had no idea such a tool existed. Learn something new everyday.
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    checking cider alcohol content

    I thought it was all very strange too. I'm an "attention to detail" guy although I'm nowhere near perfect. All 12 bottles were at the same temp. I topped off my secondary and then started batch 2 in primary within a half an hour or so, and the temp was consistent. I used the same hydrometer...
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    checking cider alcohol content

    I know it can be estimated, that's why I ended my response with "you're just estimating." :) For what it's worth - speaking from my (limited) personal experience: I picked up 12 1/2 gallon bottle of store-bought juice to start my second batch and top off the secondary of my first batch...
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