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  1. Box

    Back at it!

    Hey everyone! After posting about my first try and receiving lots of useful help I decided to have another go at homemade refreshments! The first batch...well, as alot of people said it sort of turned out like a wet bread flavor or "plain" beer if it could be called that. This time I'm trying...
  2. J

    Does anyone know what type of apple this is?

    These are growing on a tree in my yard and I’m unsure what type they are/whether they are suitable For making cider. I thought they were crabapples but am unsure if they can get this big! They are about 3 inches across of it helps.
  3. Aróchito

    Dry hopping cider with Saaz hop Pellets

    Hey folks, does anyone have experience dry hopping cider with Saaz hops? thanks
  4. M

    Mold on my mead?

    Good evening, a few days ago (14/04) I decided to make my own mead for the first time. I have used apples to do the fermentation process like on the recipe that I found on youtube. For the first and second days, obviousy i didn't have noticed any signs of fermentation. Today, when I checked it...
  5. Aróchito

    Re-brewing a Weak Cider. Pointers??

    Hello folks, Not sure why, but after following the same recipe (with a different yeast with high abv potential and different brand of juice) I made a weaker cider than I would have liked. My guess is 2-3%abv (as I didn't take a gravity reading) when last time the same recipe ended up closer to...
  6. Aróchito

    Cider's been brewing. Too late to add sugar?

    My cider's been in primary for almost 3 weeks. About to put it in secondary, but I'd like to make it a little stronger. I originially put in some sugar along with the yeast nutrient and yeast. Is it too late to boost the abv with some extra sugar? Thanks in advance.
  7. N

    It's got no flavor

    I finally drew samples to test two ciders that had fermented out all the way. They are not the oldest batches but they are the clearest and with the least amount of lees. I had my friend and my mother try it in addition to myself and the consensus was.... no real flavor. It wasn't an issue...
  8. Aróchito

    Need Advice: Making Caffienated Cider

    Hello there, I would like to add caffeine to my apple cider when it's done. Any ideas? So far I'm thinking yerba mate or coffee... Though I'm wondering if I can do something a little more interesting. Thanks in advance.
  9. N

    Trader Joe's Pink Lady juice

    Public service announcement: I went to my local Trader Joe's today and saw that they now have Pink Lady apple juice/cider as well as the Honeycrisp. It wasn't there a week or so ago. It's in 64 ounce (half gallon) bottles. Just like the Honeycrisp it is not from concentrate and unfiltered...
  10. N

    Does anyone use quince?

    I know I already have a long thread going but I wanted to ask specifically about using quince in cider making. I am fortunate enough to have several pounds of quince. So far I have been freezing it in slices and puree form for later use in things like jams, sauces, etc. But I was thinking of...
  11. RedSkyGuy

    Reversing flavor affects of heat pasteurized cider

    A 6 gal batch of carbonated cider I made turned out great from a local orchard that does not pasteurize. Using the same yeast, similar apples and environment I made a batch from “another” orchard that uses heat to pasteurize there cider. It doesn’t taste bad, just less complex and bland. Any...
  12. F

    making cider juice from apple jelly?

    i made some apply jelly last year and froze some. its basically apple juice+sugar+lemon juice without anything else. could i mix some with water and brew it for a little apple juice with a kick? i will have some Lavin 1118 in the near future, would this be a suitable yeast? somebody tried this...
  13. datagreier

    Fun, consistent cider recipies from kits

    I've been experimenting with using kits to make tasty and fun ciders with consistent results (as the concentrates are rather consistent in flavour). I've mainly been using Mangrove Jacks Craft Series Apple Cider and Mangrove Jacks Craft Series Pear Cider. As far as I can see, these can be bought...
  14. DerSchopferVonEbbelwoi

    The Quest for True Apfelwein

    Greetings, fellows. I’m new here, and I’m new to brewing. Over my years of perusing brew forums and seeing friends brew, I’ve noticed that standard practice among home-brewers is to use added sugars, “yeast nutrients” (isn’t what you’re fermenting nutritious enough for the yeast?), chemical...
  15. E

    Burton ale (wlp023) for a belgian tripel?

    Hi everybody! I'm planning to brew a tripel aged (in secondary) with aok cubes soaked in appel brandy. I want the green apple flavour to be fully present. Thats why I try to work with ingredients that has this particular apple flavour profile. Therefore, I chose Calypso for hop and I'm also...
  16. C

    Cider Question

    So... my wife is in love with Woodchuck, Strongbow, and Hardcore apple cider's, she loves them but they are a bit pricey $8 per 6 pack. I have a brewing kit and some internet know how, and a desire to make my own cider. I check this forum, google and wherever I can find a simple recipe with good...