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    First time cider - bottle conditioning/carbonation process

    So the wife and I made our first cider last night. We actually made four one-gallon batches in order to compare results from various yeasts, but set that aside for now.. Fermentation was already rocking along this morning in all of the fermenters so we've got a good start. We like dry ciders so...
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    Minnesota juice sources

    Hi folks, I've been brewing beer & wine from kits for a while now with mostly good results and no disasters. I'm starting to enjoy ciders (especially dry) a bit more so naturally I'm interested in brewing my own. I'm set up with a single keg now but I'll be upgrading to a multi-keg keezer...
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    Hop Residue during boiling

    Ok, I finally got back to brewing last night.. Batch #5, AHS promotional IPA.. This used 5oz of hops, and during the boil I noticed that there was alot of hop residue on the side of the pot during the boil. I stirred it back into the boil every 10 minutes or so, thinking that I don't want to...
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    Sanitizer accident..

    A couple of weeks ago, I moved my Sierra Nevada PA clone into secondary for dry hopping. This was the first time I used my better bottle for anything other than bottling, and so I goofed up a little and put my filled airlock on before I picked it up and moved it to fermenting storage. The...
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    Bottle Harvesting Questions..

    So I was at a store last night, and they had a pretty good selection of Rogue bombers. I saw one that I hadn't tried (somer ale:, and noticed that it actually said "Unfiltered" and "Pacman Yeast" on the label. Then I looked at the bottom of the bottle...
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    Areas to improve..

    I have one bottle of my first batch (NXNW Amber Ale) left and about half of my 2nd batch (Real Ale PA) left. 3rd batch will be in the bottles early next week. First batch was very reminiscent of the brew it was trying to clone. The second - not so much. I did a taste test last night, and the...
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    Halfway through 1st batch, seems undercarbed

    All is well with my first batch (NXNW Amber Ale extract kit from AHS). The taste is very good. However, I do have to say that it seems to be a little undercarbed. It IS carbed, but it just seems to have come up a little short. No matter how aggressively I pour, it just wont establish much of a...
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    Sampled my first batch last night..

    After about 15 days of bottle conditioning, I broke down & sampled a bottle of my first batch (NXNW Amber Ale from AHS) last night. I was just too curious as to whether it was going to turn out good or not. and, well... It turned out great! SWMBO even loved it, and she doesn't really care...
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    Temperature after active fermentation

    My first boil (last Friday) went fine and I got alot of airlock activity over the next 3-4 days. Now that I've been fermenting for a week, the activity has dropped off noticeably (exactly as expected). I have the fermenter in an ice chest in a cool water bath which I've been maintaining at...
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    First boil tomorrow

    Ok, I received my kit from AHS yesterday and plan to do my first boil tomorrow evening. I've watched the "HomebrewingVideo" series on Youtube, I watched the "Good Eats" episode, I read the first chapter of "How to Brew" a few times, and I read the "how to" post in this forum.. Being the nerd...