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  1. NovaScotia lassy

    Other Home brew peach/mango Cider -- how to carbonate?

    The instructions say you can carbonate with a machine (which I don't have) or to add more sugar .. won't the containers explode if the idea is for the added sugar to cause more fermenting?
  2. B

    New to Cider

    Yesterday we pressed some apples and I got a gallon of cider. I tried making hard cider a few years ago but it didn't turn out .. I didn't have a barometer and didn't add any sugar to the mix so it was very dry and not much flavor.. So I since bought a barometer and want to try this...
  3. gethighonyourownsupply

    Quick-n-dirty cider attempt without a press/juicer

    Being lazy, I think I have devised a technique I'm going to try for making decent cider (having learned from a few disasters now). Here are the constraints I'm working to: - No apple press or juicer. - Buying loose apples from supermarket, they have a reasonable selection of tart/sweet. - Can't...
  4. KnottyKidsFarm

    Skip final campden tablets if carbonating wine/cider?

    I'm sure this has been addressed somewhere but I haven't been able to find a clear answer. I'm bottling cider and some dry fruit wines. I want to carbonate my 5 gal batch of cider basically like a beer (2.5 volumes of CO2) and it seems fairly straightforward using a calculator. I'm thinking...
  5. KnottyKidsFarm

    Multiple stuck fruit wine/cider fermentations

    First time wine maker, first time poster. Please be kind :) I have three stuck ferments. I can't believe all three are stuck as I'm pretty thorough with following instructions and trying to avoid the main causes of stuck ferments. Individual details are below. All are in basement which holds...
  6. J

    No second fermentation in bottle? (or a very slow one?)

    Hello, I tried making a sparkling wine of grapes last spring, which failled because only some bottles fermented a second time. I think it was because of the high alcohol content in the wine (13°). To get a little practice i tried again this summer with apple cider. We ran the same proces only...
  7. tradowsk

    Cider not carbonating

    I made cider with fresh apple juice (UV pasteurized, no preservatives) from my local market. Pitched EC1118 on 9/22, fermented dry, cleared with superkleer. I then added a can of apple juice concentrate and bottled in flip-tops. I also filled a 20oz plastic pop bottle as a tester that I can use...
  8. Amandolin

    Apple wine and ... cider wine? ;-)

    Today I started a slight variation on Apfelwein (see pic for my recipe/notes) I’m planning to try the same concept in my other 3 gal carboy but with cider and dark brown sugar. Anybody have any recommendations for additions? I was wondering if it would benefit from adding... - Golden...
  9. tradowsk

    Hard cider TOSNA issue

    I got a gallon of fresh pressed cider from my local orchard (UV pasteurized, but otherwise completely natural). I'm making a hard cider with it and was going to follow the TOSNA-3 schedule to add nutrients since I read cider wouldn't have all the nutrients needed for yeast (EC-1118). My OG was...
  10. M

    Stalled red wine at 1030

    Hi everyone, How is it going? Hope you are doing fine. I have made a red grape wine using Redstar yeast which stalled at 1030, Due to cooking up (misreading) with hydrometer readings, SG was 1190 then went down to 1100. I eventually realized my mistake and deluted it to 1070 which fermented...
  11. gethighonyourownsupply

    Apple wine/Cider without apple press

    Hi all, hopefully this is the right place and I haven't missed any relevant threads when I searched. I have about 1.5kg of (currently diced & frozen) apples I'm hoping to make into Cider or Apple wine but don't have a press. I'm hoping to make 4-5 litres as I have a nice 5L demijohn I'd like to...
  12. Forager

    Apple cider restarted fermenting?

    Hi guys, Got a bit of a weird situation. So I made a 3 gallon batch of apple cider last October and everything went smoothly. It's still in the secondary carboy now (March 17th) and I was planning to bottle it today. However I noticed that there are suddenly bubbles coming up again. Not a lot...
  13. Forager

    bulk aging with low abv

    Hi guys, Question for any cider enthusiasts, couple of things actually. So I decided I wanted to go for a lower abv batch of cider this year, something more easy-drinking. Anyway just racked my three gallon batch to a carboy to age till spring and I'm a bit concerned that the abv might...