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    Re: Home Brewing Cider

    I started brewing this summer and been working so much overtime that I don't have time for all grain batches. Maybe I'll try and throw a cider batch together. I'm going to go spend some cash on a new carboy(s) and a corny keg.


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    Re: Home Brewing Cider

    I want to try a cider also, but I'm a keg-guy also.

    The bottle pasteurizing looks easy enough. Just don't burn yourself



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    Re: Home Brewing Cider

    I recommend doing the EdWort Aplefwein recipe for starters. I have one of these going all of the time, or at least a variation of it. All you really need to do this is a bucket, an airlock, apple juice/cider, and yeast. And whatever you need for bottling/kegging.

    Check out the homebrewtalk megathread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-...felwein-14860/



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    Re: Home Brewing Cider

    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    I recommend doing the EdWort Aplefwein recipe for starters. I have one of these going all of the time, or at least a variation of it. All you really need to do this is a bucket, an airlock, apple juice/cider, and yeast. And whatever you need for bottling/kegging.

    Check out the homebrewtalk megathread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-...felwein-14860/
    I've done this recipe twice and it turns out great. If anyone wants to try it around the Des Moines area, I have a few bottles I'm willing to part with if you want to try it out. I'm not big into this type of drink but my wife loves it and it's pretty strong stuff. I think it's around 10abv if I remember correctly.



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    Re: Home Brewing Cider

    If you use Groupon or Living Social, you can get deals every few months or so for $160 starter kits from Midwest Brewing for around $70. That's one heck of a deal.

    Also, keep your eye out on Craigslist for people selling homebrewing supplies. Some people go crazy with it, then get bored with it real quick. That's the best way to get awesome deals.

    Several friends and I have made a lot of batches of hard cider. To be honest, there's usually no difference between using fresh-pressed cider, and just fermenting a couple of gallons of Mott's apple juice... honestly! I go to Costco, buy a 6-jug pack of Mott's Apple Juice (with no preservatives) pour it into a disinfected carboy, pitch it with yeast, and let it go. For less than $25 you can have 6 gallons of alcoholic goodness. I've also experimented with the Mott's juice and added cinnamon sticks to the fermentor, as well as various frozen juice concentrates - all with good success. I recommend using sparkling wine dry yeast for your cider.

    Good luck!



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    Quote Originally Posted by colbycheese View Post
    If you use Groupon or Living Social, you can get deals every few months or so for $160 starter kits from Midwest Brewing for around $70. That's one heck of a deal.

    Also, keep your eye out on Craigslist for people selling homebrewing supplies. Some people go crazy with it, then get bored with it real quick. That's the best way to get awesome deals.

    Several friends and I have made a lot of batches of hard cider. To be honest, there's usually no difference between using fresh-pressed cider, and just fermenting a couple of gallons of Mott's apple juice... honestly! I go to Costco, buy a 6-jug pack of Mott's Apple Juice (with no preservatives) pour it into a disinfected carboy, pitch it with yeast, and let it go. For less than $25 you can have 6 gallons of alcoholic goodness. I've also experimented with the Mott's juice and added cinnamon sticks to the fermentor, as well as various frozen juice concentrates - all with good success. I recommend using sparkling wine dry yeast for your cider.

    Good luck!
    I use the same stuff from Costco. I tried to add cinnamon sticks with this last batch but I really can't tell the difference.

    Just a heads up to be careful when buying from midwest supplies/northern brewer. They had someone steal everyone's credit card in their system and didn't tell any of their customers for months. It's too bad because I've been to their location in Minneapolis and it's really impressive.



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    Re: Home Brewing Cider

    Brewed an all grain porter yesterday? Remodeling and didn't have access to my utility sink and unfortunately my copper coil. It sat in the fridge all day before I could pitch yeast. Hope it didn't acquire an unwelcome friend.



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    Re: Home Brewing Cider

    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid27 View Post
    I expect some samples on Sunday.
    Talk to the man - the hard cider is his. I've claimed the mead.

    Oh and we were not assigned hard cider. So, if we brought some we'd be in trouble with those in charge of the menu. Probably Kicked Right Out Of The Family! Also, was not assigned pie, so no pie at Easter.


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    My porter LIVES.



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