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Oh yeah, they're starting to pop now. Sometime between Jan 13th, when I put aside whatever I bottled then, and tonight when I went looking for something to drink with anti-freeze in it I uncovered the box that I had some ciders stashed away in to find that one out of the 1½ dozen or so in there has the bottom of the bottle sheared cleanly away. The good news is there's no mess; nothing sticky, stinky, or wet to clean up - in fact the box is dry as a bone so it must've happened a few days ago. So far, it's the only one to burst and the bottle's in four neat pieces. I remember now that I primed three gallons of that for bottlng with a 12 oz. can of frozen apple juice concentrate. I have another 5 gallons of the same (only made with a better recipe than "apple cider & WLP775") in primary now that I'll probably prime with as much cranberry juice cocktail (just for the novelty of it) and I'll see how that does me.

I can't say a whole lot for the flavor - it's still apple cider. It's not better or worse; it's just not delicious! Ah, well. . . still a significant source of vitamin A. It's not a bad first effort - more "appley" says [livejournal.com profile] deviathan.
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makes 5 gals.
  • 3 gals. Zeigler's™ apple cider (no preservatives; ingredients: apples)
  • 1½ gals. filtered water
  • 5 lbs. granulated sugar
  • 3 12 oz. frozen lemonade from concentrate
  • 3½ tsp. pectic enzyme (as a clarifier)
  • 1 WLP775 English cider yeast
-:--AM - Heat ½ gal. water and add sugar, stir until dissolved. Add frozen concentrate to help cool. Allow to cool to 70˚F. Strain into sanitized fermenter with seive to catch pulp (stir with sanitized spoon in funnel to prevent clogging). Add pectic enzyme. Shake jugs of cider vigorously to aerate and add to fementer. Pitch yeast when tempertaure is below 80˚F.

O.G. - 1.078 (60˚F)
F.G. - 1.020 (60˚F) est. {1.025}

7.3% ABV

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Bottling tonight. . . yay, my favorite part of the brewing process. Need another growler so that I'll two different beers set aside for Thanksgiving, two for Christmas, and still be able to bring a couple growlers with us to Richmond this Sunday. I'm getting to the point where I have more ripening beverages than I have recepticles to package them in. Catastrophic! calling all local alcoholics! Drink more beer from compression fitting bottles (not twist-offs) and donate your garbage!

Giving sample bottles of beer away to friends is a pleasure and privilege, but it's one of the main reasons that homebrewing will never ever pay for itself. I have no problem parting with the 'pops' (12 oz. bottles) despite the time and energy I put into removing labels, cleaning, and capping them, but it is nice to have them returned to me only because they're that much easier to reuse. I should start the practice of 'magic bottles' for folks who return empties promptly. I've come across a couple of odd sized bottles - 1 pint, 9 fl. oz. with the standard compression fitting tops that can serve as my 'magic bottles'. The premise is to reward folks that have historically returned glass or provided bottles to begin with by gifting them one or two of these odd bottles with the promise that I will advertize the beer of the month, or however often, with an approximate bottling date and if they're interested they can return the bottles to be filled with the rest of the house swing-tops and if they lose it. . .uh, Fuck 'em! From there I move almost exclusively to bottling in swing-tops with the exception of, maybe, six to twelve 'pops' to give away. I'll be filling two 'magic bottles' tonight; and Drewski, of all people, was quick draw on the alt.

Now I know why Stephen (with the unprounceable German name) who writes for the Beer & Wine Times suggested, even before I had acquired all of my equipment, that I transition into kegging as soon as I could afford it. Bottling sucks!

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Bottling tonight. . . yay, my favorite part of the brewing process. Need another growler so that I'll two different beers set aside for Thanksgiving, two for Christmas, and still be able to bring a couple growlers with us to Richmond this Sunday. I'm getting to the point where I have more ripening beverages than I have recepticles to package them in. Catastrophic! calling all local alcoholics! Drink more beer from compression fitting bottles (not twist-offs) and donate your garbage!

Giving sample bottles of beer away to friends is a pleasure and privilege, but it's one of the main reasons that homebrewing will never ever pay for itself. I have no problem parting with the 'pops' (12 oz. bottles) despite the time and energy I put into removing labels, cleaning, and capping them, but it is nice to have them returned to me only because they're that much easier to reuse. I should start the practice of 'magic bottles' for folks who return empties promptly. I've come across a couple of odd sized bottles - 1 pint, 9 fl. oz. with the standard compression fitting tops that can serve as my 'magic bottles'. The premise is to reward folks that have historically returned glass or provided bottles to begin with by gifting them one or two of these odd bottles with the promise that I will advertize the beer of the month, or however often, with an approximate bottling date and if they're interested they can return the bottles to be filled with the rest of the house swing-tops and if they lose it. . .uh, Fuck 'em! From there I move almost exclusively to bottling in swing-tops with the exception of, maybe, six to twelve 'pops' to give away. I'll be filling two 'magic bottles' tonight; and Drewski, of all people, was quick draw on the alt.

Now I know why Stephen (with the unprounceable German name) who writes for the Beer & Wine Times suggested, even before I had acquired all of my equipment, that I transition into kegging as soon as I could afford it. And as far as all this brewing business goes, I'd like to transition all of it to my sooper sekret alter identity, [livejournal.com profile] doodlemaier. Bottling sucks!

[livejournal.com profile] lil_psy, your mead's doing fine although you ought to come by and pick the fermentors up or at least bring by some bacardi for them (cazadores is not for vapor locks! But it's been keepin' em filled. . . ) I'll call this afternoon. And if you're reading this [livejournal.com profile] irenejericho, Tre tells me she has news from you concerning my unfortunate cider (pictured center and also bottom left - under the cut). . .

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