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  1. thisissami

    Low temperatures for champagne yeast in cider

    Hi All, I'm working on my first cider batch right now. It's been close to 48 hours and there's still no bubbling in my airlock. I'm sure it's temperature related, and have some questions about that. Here's what I've done: I pressed my own apples (have about 2.5 gallons of juice that I...
  2. thisissami

    Whooops... sanitization + cider question

    Hi Everybody! I'm fermenting my first batch of cider right now, and ****ed up my sanitization in a number of ways. The primary way in which I screwed up was that I felt weird about pouring my fresh apple juice (that I juiced myself!) into containers full of sanitary foam, and accordingly...
  3. W

    Tree planting ideas

    Currently I have a wide variety of trees planted on M.111 and B.118 rootstock. Most of them have been in the ground for around 3 years, though it's been a hard three year due to cicadas and deer pressure. I want to start narrowing down my plantings to the varieties that I will primarily be...
  4. W

    Looking for: Used Grinder and Press

    Looking for a used cider press and mill/grinder, preferably together. I have a small orchard that will come into decent production next fall, so I am looking for something on the scale of serious hobbyist to commercial grade equipment. I am in Northern WV - Southern PA area, and in grad...
  5. F

    Flavored cider help

    Hello All, Just started a small 1 gallon batch of cider and I'm looking to do some flavors in this one. Possibly ginger or raspberry? I started primary fermentation on Friday. Is there anything I can add to the secondary to get a flavor going on, or did I need to incorporate the...
  6. F

    Flavored cider help

    Hello All, Just started a small 1 gallon batch of cider and I'm looking to do some flavors in this one. Possibly ginger or raspberry? I started primary fermentation on Friday. Is there anything I can add to the secondary to get a flavor going on, or did I need to incorporate the...
  7. F

    Cloudy secondary.

    Hello everyone, This is my first time posting to The Forum. I have some questions about a cider I was making. My first attempt at cider actually. I got a cider brewing kit from Midwestern Brewing Company. I then received a 6.5 gallon carboy from a friend. I picked up some freshly pressed cider...
  8. PHayward81

    First time cider (wild and crab apples), bottle carb'ed, tastes yeasty... bottle aging?

    Hi, first time poster and first time cider maker here. I'm an all-grain brewer who wanted to try a cider from wild apples growing around my property. The question: My cider has been in the bottle one week (I know that's way too young) but it has a yeasty, bread taste. Will this resolve from...
  9. W

    Film yeast in the cider barrel

    I have 198 gallons of cider fermenting in 6 carboys, 2 brandy barrels, and one plastic barrel. The last pressing was used to fill the plastic barrel, and by the time I got it in the basement, I was exhausted from cidermaking and had to attend to a bunch of other things in my life. As a result...
  10. RunawayOctober

    Noob Help, please!

    My husband and I are attempting our second batch of Hard Cider and something is wrong. Apparently we didn't learn from the first one we tried. Recipe: 2 1/3c local clover honey Apple Juice (no preservatives) to top up a gallon. 1/4tsp Vinter's Harvest CY17 yeast All in a glass jug...
  11. B

    Cider filtering and force carbonation

    Hi Me Waffeling I have just finished drinking my cider mark III made using home grown apples and Graffs great recipe. Anyway of course the cider has always improved through the stages and this time I want to create a really grade cider where I don't have to have a few drinks first for...
  12. N

    The stuff at the bottom

    My cider has been fermenting for about a week and there seems to be a layer of stuff at the bottom. When my cider is done fermenting, should I just mix the stuff with the rest of the cider or strain it out? Would it just be a matter of taste preference? Thank you, Norana
  13. M

    Pear Cider and late honey addition?

    Hi. Some friends and I recently pressed about 200# of fresh organic pears to make 10gallons of pear cider. O.G. 1.053, Current Gravity 1.010. Pear cider usually ends up slightly sweet tasting. I want to take 1 or 2gallons and rack it into a carboy with honey. How much honey do I need...
  14. 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...
  15. JedSmithBrewery

    Carbing with Apple Juice?

    Ok well the general consensus is that 3/4 cup of dextrose is the standard for carbing a five gallon batch of....well...anything. I was trying to stay away from refined sugars in this batch so would it be ok to substitute apple juice for the dextrose. Because there are around 200 grams of...
  16. JedSmithBrewery

    Sediment?

    I just finished a five gallon batch of BrandonO's graff recipe. I just put it all in the carboy and finished aerating it but I have noticed that it is separating into distinct layers already. It is not homogenous, but it has also not yet begun fermentation. Will fermentation help to homogenize...
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