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    Tangerine Mead

    Has anyone had experience making Tangerine/citrus meads? I have a tree full of tangerines in the backyard that will be ripe in about a month. I have no idea what kind they are but we eat them every year. They are very sweet and fairly tart. How many tangerines per gallon? How much zest should i...
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    JAOM Fermentation Question

    I have a JAOM that's been going for the past 3 months.... Any reason why it hasn't cleared by this point? I still see bubbles. A few weeks ago i added a small amount of yeast nutrient to speed it up, but it still hasn't cleared. Any ideas?
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    Brewing with Wormwood

    This has to be one of the worst ideas i've ever heard of. Salvia Divinorum has an awful taste. It doesn't really taste like anything... just a "leaf" taste to it. Also, the main chemicals in Salvia can't be absorbed when ingested. Thirdly, alcohol and any other drugs is generally a bad idea...
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    Cider slow to start - is that normal?

    I pitched my cider Friday night and it was not until Monday afternoon that I saw any air lock activity. If you have the time... you might want to repitch with another yeast? Good luck
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    Aging Temp

    Can anyone tell me what temperature I should be aging my mead at? If possible I would like to get it out of the cool room it's in and put it in the back of the house where it's a bit hotter. What's the optimal temperature? Also... what would happen if I were to age it in the fridge? Thanks
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    Results from juice, yeast and sugar experiments

    Thank you very much! I am curious about using the lager yeast. How do you think lagering the cider would turn out? I know I've read that using a hefeweizen yeast turns out very well. Do you have any experience with this yeast?
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    Cider with bread yeast

    I'd have to agree... Don't use the bread yeast, it's simply not good! I tried it a few months ago out of boredom and it ended up horribly sour and left no apple flavor. Save your apple juice!
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    50 gallons of Hard Cider in a barrel

    Wow! I'd love to see a picture of that. I don't have any experience with wild yeast so I don't know how reliable they are, but if something were to go wrong I'd hate for you to lose 50 gallons of cider. I'd say you should drop in a few campden tablets and use prepared yeast. Let us know how it...
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    Sour Apple Cider

    Well I made this from plain apple juice. I'll take a sample and mix it with a tiny bit of sodium bicarbonate and see what happens. I'll let it age and I'll keep you updated! Thank you for all of your advice.
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    Sour Apple Cider

    I don't own a hydrometer. This was the first apple cider I made and I figured 1 cinnamon stick and 1 clove per gallon wouldn't be too much. I don't know how good of quality the cloves and cinnamon were. I bought a bag of 8 or so cinnamon sticks from a hispanic market for about a dollar and the...
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    Sour Apple Cider

    I didn't mean I don't want to sweeten it, I only mean that I'd rather find a better solution is all. I'd rather try to combat it directly by adding sodium bicarbonate or something. I'm hoping to not just mask the flavor with splenda or something. I appreciate all your help. I'm going to let it...
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    Sour Apple Cider

    No, it's definitely sour. It tastes like a lemon or warhead candy or something. I would think that there was a lot of spice but that was my goal. But when I took a sample while i was racking it, it was simply not "spiced," unless the sourness simply takes over the spices. It's not dry like a...
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    Sour Apple Cider

    So to follow up on the holiday cider I made is sour. I'm thinking it was the apple pie filling that I uses: 10 Cans Apple Juice Concentrate (5 gallons worth) 5 cinnamon sticks 6 cloves 2 oranges (zest only) 1 30oz can of easy pumpkin pie mix (pre-spiced pumpkin) 1 16oz can of apple pie...
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    A different type of fruit

    I just brewed up a cider with apple juice concentrate, honey, orange peel, cinnamon and clove, pre-spiced pumpkin pie mix and spiced apple pie mix. I haven't tasted it yet, but it smells delicious. I think it's an easy way to add a lot of flavor. Go for it!
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    Holiday Cider

    I haven't made this but if the smell from the airlock is any indicator, it will be very tasty. I used the larger size apple juice concentrate cans, not the standard size. It takes 2 cans to make a standard gallon of apple juice. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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    Holiday Cider

    Just made a 5 gallon batch of Holiday Apple Cider: 10 Cans Apple Juice Concentrate (5 gallons worth) 5 cinnamon sticks 6 cloves 2 oranges (zest only) 1 30oz can of easy pumpkin pie mix (pre-spiced pumpkin) 1 16oz can of apple pie mix 1/4 pound of honey Made with sweet mead yeast. Pitched the...
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    Use Extract Without Boiling

    Adding a pound of ultra light malt extract or two to a 5 gallon batch will make a malt beverage like Mike's hard lemonade. It'll contribute to the mouth feel
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    Holiday Cider

    Does anyone have a recipe for a 'holiday' cider? I'm hoping to make it soon and let it age until around Christmas time. I'm thinking apple juice concentrate, cinnamon, clove, mulling spices, that type of thing... Any ideas/suggestions/recipes?
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    Anyone have recipes for pears?

    Is there a recipe you can share with the rest of us?
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    apfelwein question

    Sucrose can be broken down into glucose if it's boiled. Boil 3/4 cup of regular sugar for a five gallon batch in some water for a few minutes and add to the bottling bucket
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