CIDERFEST 2017

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Re: CIDERFEST 2017

Post by wuertzBräu » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:24 am

I've never fermented a cider. Any pointers for a noob? I read a little and it seems there are still least 3 options:

*Wild yeast fermentation
*Crushed campden tablets + yeast after a couple of days
*Heat pasteurize, cool and add yeast
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Re: CIDERFEST 2017

Post by Jam095 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:54 am

Jersey Apples, better make some "Jersey Lightning"!

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Re: CIDERFEST 2017

Post by Jeremy Dunn » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:49 am

Josh,

I used this procedure for my last cider and it turned out pretty good.

1. Add 1/4 tsp potassium metabisulfite and let sit overnight
2. Add yeast, pectic enzyme, yeast nutrient, small amount of tannin (I just guessed) and some acid blend.
3. After fermentation I racked to a keg and added another 1/4 tsp of potassium metabisulfite and let it sit overnight
4. Added potassium sorbate to stabalize and let it sit overnight
5. Backsweetened and added a little more acid blend to taste and then carbonated.

I used frozen apple juice concentrate to backsweeten, but I think I may just use sugar next time or use less to make it just "medium-dry".

See also:
https://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Cider.pdf
https://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/cider.pdf
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Re: CIDERFEST 2017

Post by Dutch » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:19 pm

Kenny, no problem. Just come when u can. We will be at it most of the day.
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Post by Dutch » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:47 am

Just like earlier, we will be crushing/pressing Sat 10/28 pretty much any time but starting at about 9 or so. We have now got FIFTEEN participants! Park in construction driveway if possible - have a four-wheeler and cart to move stuff around. Great turnout planned. May be dogs and burgers? Rain or shine and pm me if you need directions.
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Re: CIDERFEST 2017

Post by SkyBrew » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:23 am

Im going to be moving all day Saturday so wont have time to stick around. Do I just bring a 5 gallon bucket?
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Post by Dutch » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:30 pm

Yup we will possibly be pressing Sun as well?
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Post by Jeremy Dunn » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:58 pm

What are we doing for lunch on Sat? Dutch suggested burgers and dogs (brats?). Sides? Who's getting what? Or should we keep it simple and order pizza?
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Re: CIDERFEST 2017

Post by Dutch » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:18 pm

I've got lunch covered - burgers and dogs!
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Post by msjulian » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:55 am

What a great day!!
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Post by Dutch » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:26 pm

Wow - great work by all. Wonderful experience for the club as we crushed and pressed nearly 2000# of Fuji apples.
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Post by Dwayne_Delaney » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:17 pm

Great cidery day Dutch. Plus, great tasting cider! Thanks for all of your work it took to make it happen.
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Re: CIDERFEST 2017

Post by Jam095 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:36 pm

I had a lot of fun! And like Dwayne said, great tasting cider! I am going to attempt a traditional hard cider with 3 gals, and maybe make a gallon of Cyser with honey I bought from Peter! One gal went straight to the fridge, and my family is really enjoying it.

Thanks for putting all of this together Dutch!
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Re: CIDERFEST 2017

Post by wuertzBräu » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:08 pm

Thanks again Dutch! It was a great time indeed.

I have two batches fermenting; one with Champagne yeast and the other with Witbier yeast. We'll see how they turn out!
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Re: CIDERFEST 2017

Post by Dutch » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:38 pm

Looks like we will attempt the crush and press at E B H this Sat AM. I will check with JS.
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