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Just started a five gallon batch of hard cider. Champagne yeast, 4 gals of local unpastuerized cider, 6 cans of frozen apple juice concentrate (no preservatives)

Probably will be a few months before it's done.

Typically I just fuck around with it rather than get too into the recipes and measurements and science-y bits.

Anyhow...

Anyone else out there brew?
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Brewing? Like what witches do?


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I can smell what the Rock is brewing, yes.

So, mr. magical fox, do you also like to dance naked under the moonlight? Perform rituals?
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Brewing? Like what witches do?


OP confirmed for being magical fox.


I suppose, but fremented apples probably tastes better than a stew with bats and toads tossed in..


Schmooples wrote:

I can smell what the Rock is brewing, yes.

So, mr. magical fox, do you also like to dance naked under the moonlight? Perform rituals?


Posted 10/22/15

Schmooples wrote:

I can smell what the Rock is brewing, yes.

So, mr. magical fox, do you also like to dance naked under the moonlight? Perform rituals?


That reference.

That's the most adorable username I've ever seen BTW.
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I usually make mead during the beginning of may.
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serifsansserif wrote:
Anyone else out there brew?


I really want to get into brewing. Any tips for someone who wants to do a small batch and is a complete newb? I'd also like to try something different. Something that has never been done before (With an ale, I'm thinking). I have an idea, but I don't know if it is even possible.

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Schmooples wrote:

I can smell what the Rock is brewing, yes.

So, mr. magical fox, do you also like to dance naked under the moonlight? Perform rituals?


That reference.

That's the most adorable username I've ever seen BTW.


Aww, thank you. Many have said similar things. Cuteness is great!
Posted 10/22/15
When I was younger I tried making hard cider for scientific purposes.

Didn't work out since the carbonation would be too much for the air lock I had on it and it would shoot it right off. My friends closet ceiling still has a huge stain to this day.

I would love to try again though.
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When I was younger I tried making hard cider for scientific purposes.

Didn't work out since the carbonation would be too much for the air lock I had on it and it would shoot it right off. My friends closet ceiling still has a huge stain to this day.

I would love to try again though.


Air locks are easy to find online, but just using a balloon will work. Just release the pressure from the balloon as soon as you see it starting to get medium-ishly full. You may have to switch balloons.

I had a GLASS and raspberry explosion in my kitchen one year due to leaving out some raspberry puree which I was hoping to let settle (no yeast added yet) that started fermenting on its own



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serifsansserif wrote:
Anyone else out there brew?


I really want to get into brewing. Any tips for someone who wants to do a small batch and is a complete newb? I'd also like to try something different. Something that has never been done before (With an ale, I'm thinking). I have an idea, but I don't know if it is even possible.



Well, I'd say start off with a cider or wine first. For most of those, you just need a juice (preservative free, and preferably pressed yourself), and yeast.

IF you are looking for a beer, it's a more complex process of making a wort (which is your sugars and grains and maybe hops?) and then boiling it before adding your yeast.

There's also starter kits which help to ease you into the process.

I've never done any beers, since I don't drink beer.

http://www.homebrewit.com is the place where I first started getting my supplies, though you REALLY don't need much. You can brew in five gallon water cooler jugs (though glass is preferable to plastic to some because everyone fears chemical leaching from the plastic, you can safely brew in the plastic jugs, and as you can see from my story above it's MUCH safer too. If you don't have the pressure able to easily release, glass brewing containers can turn into shrapnel grenades very easily..)

You'll need a giant pot for brewing your wort (or, you might be able to do it in "batches" to fill your brewing jug)

There's a few good guides for it if you google them.

This looks like a pretty easy guild to follow and really basic: http://homebrewmanual.com/home-brew-beginners/

I like the stuff that serious eats puts out usually for their food recipes, so I'm willing to believe their brewing info is just as spot on.

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/07/homebrewing-how-to-brew-lager.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/05/homebrewing-introduction-to-mashing-how-to-all-grain-brew.html


If you're really interested in the science aspect behind how brewing works and such, check out this blog: http://www.themadfermentationist.com/
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serifsansserif wrote:

HolyDrumstick wrote:
I really want to get into brewing. Any tips for someone who wants to do a small batch and is a complete newb? I'd also like to try something different. Something that has never been done before (With an ale, I'm thinking). I have an idea, but I don't know if it is even possible.


Well, I'd say start off with a cider or wine first. For most of those, you just need a juice (preservative free, and preferably pressed yourself), and yeast.

IF you are looking for a beer, it's a more complex process of making a wort (which is your sugars and grains and maybe hops?) and then boiling it before adding your yeast.

There's also starter kits which help to ease you into the process.

I've never done any beers, since I don't drink beer.

http://www.homebrewit.com is the place where I first started getting my supplies, though you REALLY don't need much. You can brew in five gallon water cooler jugs (though glass is preferable to plastic to some because everyone fears chemical leaching from the plastic, you can safely brew in the plastic jugs, and as you can see from my story above it's MUCH safer too. If you don't have the pressure able to easily release, glass brewing containers can turn into shrapnel grenades very easily..)

You'll need a giant pot for brewing your wort (or, you might be able to do it in "batches" to fill your brewing jug)

There's a few good guides for it if you google them.

This looks like a pretty easy guild to follow and really basic: http://homebrewmanual.com/home-brew-beginners/

I like the stuff that serious eats puts out usually for their food recipes, so I'm willing to believe their brewing info is just as spot on.

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/07/homebrewing-how-to-brew-lager.html

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/05/homebrewing-introduction-to-mashing-how-to-all-grain-brew.html


If you're really interested in the science aspect behind how brewing works and such, check out this blog: http://www.themadfermentationist.com/


Holy cow.... SOOOO much info. You da man. Seriously, I may start with a cider, since I can accomplish something similar to what I want with an ale.

Thanks so much!
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NP... Anything to get someone else interested.
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At first, I was like YES. I BREW THE COFFEE. But then I read your post and laughed at myself because I do that. Anyways, to answer your question...not really. I can visit my family up north and go to all the local brews and wineries that I want, so I have no need to do my own.

Actually. I'm having fits with my orange tree right now, and hopefully it'll survive. I dunno. It's in shock, T_T I left for a couple of weeks during a drought and then overwatered like a dummy when I got back. Along with some serious wind damage. T_T
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I have brewed my own beer before and it is indded very satisfying
However, i am lazy.

Its something that i really should do. I have the sapce and it would save me alot of money.
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