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  1. E

    Brewmate Cider

    Hey guys, Just wondering if anyone has any tips or ideas for the Brewmate Blackberry and Apple Cider Kit Done a search but couldn't find much Looking for a sweet but dry finish. Cheers,
  2. M

    Mangrove Jack's Apple cider fail! What do i do?

    Hi! Someone who has experience with Mangrove Jack's cider kit? If you have, I was unfortunate to put in the cider essence BEFORE fermentation, I later red over the instructions later where it was said to be put up after fermentation. Does this have any major outcomes? If so, what can I do to...
  3. M

    Session Mead yeast

    I'm looking to make a session mead (around 5% or 6% instead of the usual double digits). I have seen a lot of recipes with different yeasts, some people recommend beer yeast, others recommend normal mead yeasts. I have ec 1118, a champagne yeast, would that work for a session mead? I've also...
  4. M

    Filtering Wines/Ciders

    Hi all. So my girlfriend has a yeast allergy, so she can't drink most of the stuff at liquor stores, which is why I started making homebrew, in the hopes that I could make some yeast free drinks for her. I know that yeast is crucial for making alcohol, but we found a mead and a cider that she...
  5. muddytrails

    Cider fermentation on pause?

    I started a small 1 gallon batch of cider last Sunday using a bottled Honey Crisp cider from Trader Joes. Fermentation started off real nice, and then 2 days ago quit altogether. It's very cold in my area now, and our home brewery is not well heated. I checked the room temperature daily using...
  6. J

    Hello - John from tasmania

    Hey everyone, I'm only new to this as I got a mangrove jacks apple cider kit for Christmas. I'm 18yo and I think home brewing it going to be my new hobby I'm keen on trying pale ale next and eventually working my way up and up until I learn how to make spirits e.g. gins or rum maybe
  7. gazzagahan

    wood chips in cider

    hello cider heads, apologies if this has been addressed elsewhere, but how many grams of smoked wood chips should i be adding to a 20 litre batch of fermented apple juice prior to bottling. all the advice I've read around this has been a bit vague on detail. cheers! gaz
  8. T

    SafCider 500 not fermenting

    I tried making cider for the first time just recently using this yeast (around 8 grams) and about 2 gallons of store bought organic apple juice. It was definitely preservative free and pasteurised. The temperature read between 20 and 22 degrees celsius for over two weeks. I don't know if I made...
  9. A

    priming cider

    hi I'm just about to bottle some cider. last time I made it I used the carbonation drops I used two . I was just going to use sugar this time so I didn't need to buy the drops. Last time it was not bubbly enough how much sugar do people recommend for 750 ml pet bottles I like it very carbonated...
  10. BonezAU

    Oztops ABV

    I'm currently doing my first brew with Oztops and juice from the supermarket. I bought a hydrometer so that I could check out what sort of alcohol level I'm getting and have some questions. The first brew I put on was Woolies brand Apple & Blackcurrant juice, in a 2L bottle. I poured 1 cup of...
  11. BonezAU

    Oztops and sugar question

    Howdy all, I'm new to the forum and have recently put down my first batch of cider in juice bottles using Oztops. On Monday night I set up 1x 2L bottle Woolies apple juice and 1x 2L bottle Woolies Apple & Blackcurrant with 100g of sugar added. I'm not sure if I was supposed to somehow mix...
  12. J

    Pasteurisation - Stopping fermentation in cider

    Hey Guys, I wondered if anyone has advice on what temperature I need to bring my cider up to in order to stop it fermenting while not losing any alcohol to evaporation? I have just pitched my yeast in 30 litres of apple juice and the OG is 1050. I plan to pasteurise the cider when it drops to...
  13. X

    Cider: Pimping the Brigalow Kit.

    G'day All, a new brewer, but I have used the search function and read the sticky posts, I promise. Many of the threads I read didn't seem to come to a conclusion, but rather left open ended. I am looking for advice to pimp the Brigalow kit to suit a sweet palette. I snagged the kit with a new...
  14. Onslowsdry

    Alchema kitchen "Craft cider" maker - what do you think folk

    Details and funding status here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alchema/alchema-turn-fruit-into-personalized-craft-cider?ref=category_recommended
  15. ASYLUM_SPIRIT

    5 Litre Cider Yeast question

    Hey I'm quite an experienced All Grain BEER Brewer, having a little dabble in Cider. I'm thinking of doing a small 5 Liter Batch of Cider using organic apple juice. I'm using Mangrove Jacks M02 Cider yeast, 96 net weight. The directions on the yeast say: Sprinkle contents directly on top of...
  16. wareemba

    n00b Q - if i have a fermetned cider, can i add more juice to it and r

    hi, I have a 20L of apple juice which had 10g of safcider yeast added. it bubbled and fermented out to around .999 in a weekish... I transferred this to another fermenter and there it has sat for 6 days. (was going to bottle on the weekend) my wife loved the cider & blood orange brew I did in...
  17. Mutaneer

    Bourbon Barrel Aged CIder

    So back in June I tasted some of this http://williesmiths.tumblr.com/post/67918495069/willie-smiths-limited-release-lark-distillery Whiskey barrel aged cider. and loved it. I like my whiskey and I like my cider, why not have both in one drink So I went on the hunt for a small barrel to have a...
  18. cakeoflongness

    Mango Cider/Wine

    Okay so I've picked up a big box of about 40 mangos and I've decided I'm going to attempt to make a cider or wine out of them. I'm not 100% on how I would go about it but I'm thinking juice the mangos, filter out the pulp and add the Campden Tablets overnight, then add some Wine yeast to the...
  19. H

    First Time Cider

    Hi Everyone! I was hoping to get some advise on a first time cider brew, having read through the starter thread I started brewing with some decent know how I just wanted to sense check some steps with you lovely people before I go and ruin something. I started brewing a couple years ago for...
  20. Airgead

    Sweet Cider - How to keep things sweet.

    All my ciders are too dry. How do I make them sweeter? I'm sick of adding a shot of apple juice to the glass when serving. Sweet cider is hard. The easiest way is to learn to enjoy the complexity of a traditional dry cider and forget the lolly water they sell as cider in the shops. But its...
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