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Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 08:26
by calumscott
Off to pick up the press in mo... Pictures and stories to follow. Big thanks to Crastney already for all the up-front advice. :thumb:

Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:02
by calumscott
Tree #1
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Some pre picked
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Scratter
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Press
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Cider monkeys
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Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:20
by gregles
Those monkeys look like trouble - I have heard they can be controlled with chocolate

Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:00
by mark1964
or cider

Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 16:53
by calumscott
Picking assistant
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Scratting assistant
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Cider monkeys decided just eating the apples was a better idea
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Lovely looking juice
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Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 17:32
by calumscott
1.043 to dry will give 6.2% or there abouts
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16litres campden'd and in the fridge
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Now, on to the next tree!!

Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 18:48
by calumscott
Tomorrow's job
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Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 16:27
by calumscott
22 litres from that lot. 1.040 gravity.

Going to do a gallon of each tree as they're quite different juices then blend all the rest in a big batch.

Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 22:28
by calumscott
So in the end I campden tableted the juice then took a gallon of each to a demijohn and blended the rest. A total of 38 litres.

I added tannin but not as much as I'd add to supermarket juice, it was around 1tsp to 3 gallons in the end.

No pectolase, I want it cloudy.

No nutrient, there will either be enough in the juice or the yeast will crap out early and not go totally dry. Either way is good...

Pitched two packs of Gervin GV13 Cider yeast and its off and picking up pace 24 hours later.

So far, so good. :thumb:

Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 09:49
by calumscott
Fermentation has really picked up and it's escaped from the big bucket and nearly one of the demis...

And that's out in the cool of my "cellar" too. It all seems to be going the right way. Fingers remain crossed...

Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 17:41
by CJV8
Your apples are ready early, I reckon we've got a few weeks to go yet!
Great pics by the way.

Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 19:58
by calumscott
You will have about that to go up there right enough.

Down here it was still a bit early but they were good and sweet, even though they were cookers!

Re: Real Cider #1

PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 16:21
by Crastney
great pics, good process in place. Nicely secured equipment!
Cider monkeys allways a good idea for jobs that can get a bit tedious, fetching apples, getting wet washing the apples, picking the apples, etc, etc.
good idea to do a DJ of each, and the rest blended, it should give you three different ciders.