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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #16 October 5, 2012
Free Republic | 10-5-2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 10/05/2012 3:32:35 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!

Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew

 

BEER


Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Well FReepers I had a couple of unexpected strokes of good fortune this past week. If you have been visiting this thread the past few weeks you know I have been wanting to make a Hard Apple Cider and could not find fresh squeezed Apple Cider that did not contain potassium sorbate (a yeast growth inhibitor) and other additives. I resorted to frozen Apple Juice concentrate and made a one-gallon batch. Yesterday I needed some things from the local Wal-Mart and when I walked in the door there was a big display of Musselman’s Fresh squeezed Apple Cider, which does not have any of the bad additives in it! I bought two one-gallon jugs.

Earlier in the week I saw a commercial on a local TV station out of Shreveport, La. The commercial was for a local beer festival that was combined with a festival that has been on going in Shreveport for years. I did a search on the Web for more info and one of the sponsors was a Local Homebrew Store, which I did not know existed. I visited their website and they carry all the supplies and ingredients I have been ordering over the web. So now I have a local supplier (35 or so miles away) incase I need something or come up short on an ingredient or piece of equipment! Yea! Happy Me!

If you have not seen the video linked below, and are a beer lover you should watch. It was produced by the Descovery Channel and contends that Beer was the most important and influential invention in the world and critical to the birth and servival of civilization – not the wheel, not the airplane and not the car. The video is 43 min. long, fun and informative. Link to the youtube video below.

How Beer Saved the World

I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing or let us know what your favorite brew, wine or spirit is.


TOPICS: Hobbies
KEYWORDS: beer; homebrewing; weekly; wine
I did make a Hard Cider using Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate and bottled it today. It turned out a little tart so I added some Lactose to sweeten it a little and bottled it using some carbonation tabs to prime each bottle. O.G was 1.060 and F.G. finished at 1.000. I used PET bottles. ABV is about 8.0%
1 posted on 10/05/2012 3:32:40 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

Ping to the Homebrew List


2 posted on 10/05/2012 3:34:11 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thought I would ping you to the video linked in the original post. Interesting facts/assumptions about human history and Beer.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 3:41:05 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Can you give me an idea of how much Lactose you added per gal.?

I found an Apple Orchard about a 90 minute drive from me that had fresh cider pasteurized with UV lights and no additives for about $7 a gal. I bought 5 gals.

Tonight I will start the batch and see what happens. This is my first time brewing, and I hope I don’t screw up too badly. . .


4 posted on 10/05/2012 3:46:59 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio

I used about 2/3 cup of lactose (to taste) for the gallon I made. The Musselmann’s cider I bought is much sweeter and tastier than the concentrate I used in my first attempt at Hard Cider. I will just have to see how much sugar the yeast uses during fermentation - taste test and adjust from there.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 4:11:48 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Petruchio
Oh, the Musselman's Cider I bought at Wal-Mart was 4.48/gal and it is very tasty right from the jug.

Brands of cider that I have used

6 posted on 10/05/2012 4:31:07 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Watching UFC on FX and enjoying a few Goose Island Summertimes which were on sale. My local store has been having some great sales on beers I have yet to try so I haven’t been brewing for awhile.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 5:56:52 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Every fall I pick up,5 gallons of fresh, unpastuerized apple cider. Toss it in a carboy, slap on an airlock, and walk away. We will be bottling it this week. We like to make ours sparkle.

We put ours in EZ Caps. It ends up between 6 and 7% abv. Good stuff.


8 posted on 10/05/2012 6:13:37 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Manic_Episode

The Local Homebrew Store I found in Shreveport also carries all sorts of beers not typically available in stores that sell beer around here. I have not been to the store yet but I expect to find some excellent brews not available in any other store in my area. I can’t make it to that LHBS until late next week.


9 posted on 10/05/2012 6:14:39 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Lurker

Do you prime it before Bottling? If you do, what do use for a primer? I am using 24 oz PET bottles and two Cooper’s priming tabs per bottle for my first sparkling Ciders because I have plenty of them. I used all my EZ swing caps to bottle my Cranberry mead.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 6:30:44 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Applejack

Ferment your cider with a highly flocculant yeast. I prefer Wyeast #1968 (London ale). Chill after primary fermentation and siphon the clear cider off the yeast cake. Place the cider in the freezer, or outside if the temperature is below zero. Stir vigorously every 6 hours or so. Use a fine stainless steel strainer to filter out the ice crystals. Repeat until the applejack is of the desired strength.

With cold temperatures you can get the mixture to 80 to 100 proof.

Bottle.

Improves with age.

Even better when aged in oak!

11 posted on 10/05/2012 7:09:00 PM PDT by Species8472 (Stupid is supposed to hurt)
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To: Species8472

I may do this after I gain a little more experience with making Hard Ciders. But I think I am going to prefer Beers in the long run.


12 posted on 10/05/2012 7:24:36 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Petruchio

You’ll need to add some yeast to that. UV kills it.


13 posted on 10/05/2012 8:18:19 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I use lactose for priming. About 3/4 cup for 5 gallons.


14 posted on 10/05/2012 8:20:02 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

Lactose? It is a non-fermentable sugar. I just use it for a sweetner yeast can’t use it.


15 posted on 10/05/2012 8:27:11 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

You are correct of course. It’s corn sugar. 3/4 cup per five gallon batch.


16 posted on 10/06/2012 9:16:11 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I started the batch. First time for me. (Yup, Hard Cider gets my brewing cherry)[grin]

I reviewed all the posted comments from previous weeks on cider, and read a book I got at the LHBS. This is what I settled on.

5 Gal. Cider
1/4 tsp. Sodium Metabisulphite
5 tsp Yeast Nutrient
2 pounds less 3/4 cup corn sugar

Now to wait one day, then add Champagne yeast . . .

I added the step with the Sodium Metabisulphite just to be safe. I want to be sure to kill off all the bad little beasties (aka Democrats) in there. I reserved 3/4 cup corn sugar to carbonate with at the end.


17 posted on 10/06/2012 12:32:46 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I taste tested my cider brew with the help of a neighbor last night. This is the same batch that I thought was turning into vinegar because of the smell. My O.G. was around 1.080 and I never checked the F.G., but my neighbor walked through his screen door last night..............


18 posted on 10/06/2012 12:53:46 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: Petruchio

Looking Real Good!


19 posted on 10/06/2012 1:12:05 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Sarajevo

At 1.080 O.G. if your yeast was able to do its job you could be looking at 10 - 11% ABV. If you have not added anything else to it you can still take a F.G. reading.


20 posted on 10/06/2012 1:24:23 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I just thought of something. I know Beer is sensitive to sunlight, is Cider also sensitive? Should I cover the carboy with a black plastic bag to block indirect sunlight?


21 posted on 10/06/2012 1:28:25 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio

With all that Yeast nutrient and corn sugar you should get some great fermentation. What type of yeast did you use?


22 posted on 10/06/2012 1:28:32 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
What type of yeast did you use?

It's a dry yeast.

Red Star brand, Pasteur Champagne yeast, 5 gram packets. I bought 2 of 'em for 50 cents each.

23 posted on 10/06/2012 1:37:04 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio
I would cover it with something. I started my next Hard Cider using one of the gallons of the Musselman's cider I bought.

1 Gal Fresh Cider
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 tbsp nutrient
Yeast starter using 2 grams Safale 05

Pitched yeast at 11:45 and my airlock started bubbling at 3:30 - seeing the bubbles is satisfying!
My wife wont let me use the other gallon of Musselman's to make Hard Cider because she says it is very tasty cold right out of the jug. I will have to buy more because it is tasty!

24 posted on 10/06/2012 2:01:10 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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