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  1. bornandraisedlv

    Commercial ciders

    Sociable Ciderwerks Great variety Dry in style for the most part
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    Inspiration, move me brightly (oak chips & hops)

    Sociable Ciderwerks. In all honesty probably one of the best ciders I’ve had outside of England. Wife is from England and even her “snobby” brother says they are fantastic.
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    Inspiration, move me brightly (oak chips & hops)

    Read this thread based on the title! RIP Hunter! On topic, I have 5 gallons of cider that I used Nottingham with that’s been in secondary for about 2 months that I am getting ready to dry hop with some Willamette. Trying to replicate a local cider. Interested to see how your wood chipped...
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    Stuck Mash wont unstick

    I’ve had issues with stuck mashes on my 3v herms. My current routine yields me the best chances of no stuck sparge. Grind into tun, mill gap set at .035 Dump in half a pound of hills and hand mix Then I underlet my mash in. Then stir the hell out of it. Then it sits lid on for 10 mins...
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    Is this a legit site?

    I would stay away personally. The description for the 65L robobrew is ripped directly from morebeer, I just checked, and they also forgot to remove morebeer’s name from the description.
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    eBIAB Control Panel Build Questions

    I don’t have access to 240 yet and this is why I am running it as 120 now. We are planning for an addition to the house in 2 years and will add in the 240 at that time. I see what you are saying about hardwiring in now. Makes sense. Ezboil for me is great for now, but if you want to do any...
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    eBIAB Control Panel Build Questions

    My box is set for 120v now but I built it knowing I would be upgrading to 240v in the next 1-2 years. So it’s wired a little differently. As for the spa panel, I was thinking just make a power cable that fits the 50a for your stove and then supplies power to the spa panel. This way you can...
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    eBIAB Control Panel Build Questions

    I will leave it to the more experienced to reply to most of your questions. However, I just went through building my first panel using almost the exact same diagram. I had no previous experience really other than the little tinker here and there and more with pcb boards. Anyway once you get...
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    Equipment Upgrade Recommendations

    Ferm temp control is something to look into for sure, most expensive part is the chamber / refrigerator, the controller for it is cheap and easy! Also as far as the controller goes, I thought it was way beyond my skill set as well. But with the help of these forums I was able to make my own...
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    Equipment Upgrade Recommendations

    Personally if I were to do it all over again, I would probably go eBiab. I think I would go Spike kettle fitted with 1650w element and build my own controller that is built to be upgraded to 240 but works with 120 for now using a ezboil120 controller, would upgrade to the 320 once I was able to...
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    New to cider

    So I reached out to the cider place and they informed me that they started off using wlp002 and now use a wine hybrid not available on the market and suggested I use the wlp002. They also told me that they do a small sorghum mash with late addition hops to add a little body, bitterness and...
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    New to cider

    Just enough habanero to add a tinge of spice in the the back of the through tans just enough cucumbers to freshen up the cider a bit. Really just cloning the local cider place I am getting the juice from.
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    New to cider

    I’ve decided to go with wlp775 for this first go around. One 5 gallon batch to be lightly hopped with Willamette and the other will get some cucumbers and habanero for a few days before kegging. Thanks again for all of the tips!
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    New to cider

    Thanks to all for the feedback!
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    New to cider

    So I getting 10 gallons of apple juice from a well known local cider brewery next weekend that does some great dry style ciders. Just wondering what yeast all of you are using for your dry style ciders? I see a lot about knottingham and some wlp002? Also seems like a secondary for a couple...
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    1650w Element and Step Mashing

    Yeah that’s why I’m using propane to help ramp the temps. I think I’m just going to take it slower next batch and kill the gas 5° before target.
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    1650w Element and Step Mashing

    Yeah herms. 8 gallons in the hlt just enough to cover the entirety of my 50’ coil Recirc rate is half open with my chugger Jaybird false in my mlt
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    1650w Element and Step Mashing

    So I ran my first brew yesterday on my new panel and I wanted a drier style for this batch and mashed in at 143° and then the plan was to step up to 153° and then mash out at 170°. Well stepping from 143° to 153° with 16.5lb of grain and 5.5ish gallons of wort and my 1650w element just wasn’t...
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    Yet another controller question

    Thanks to all that helped on this, especially Doug, wouldn’t have been possible with out the assistance. Finally “done”’ with the build, though it will get a paint job at some point. Probably next winter when hibernation sets back in here...
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    Grain crush

    Looks good to me. I always toss in a couple handfuls just as part of my process.
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