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Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Cider-Sim » Tue Sep 06, 2016 17:20

Hi
new to home brewing and new to the forum , so a big hello :hat: and that iv just set up my first brew of home made cider using a kit to learn the basics, :whistle:
The kit i received with my starting kit was Brewmaker cider de luxe , i used 20 litres of bottled spring water and the apple juice that came with the kit. Followed instructions added the brewing sugar and pitched in the brewing yeast . Will check fermentation after 4 days to see whats happening and start checking the sg.
Very excited with the start of my new hobby :cheers:

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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby robwalker » Tue Sep 06, 2016 19:01

welcome! good luck :)
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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby LeithR » Tue Sep 06, 2016 20:12

Welcome to the forum. Beware of instructions on home brew kits they are almost exclusively wrong! If for no other reason than the fermenting temp, if its too high it may ferment very quickly and if its to low then it could take a long time to ferment. Use them for guidance only. Don't despair, there's loads of good advice on here. Good luck with your first!

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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Cider-Sim » Wed Sep 07, 2016 22:07

Thanks for the good luck wishes lads , its appreciated , took a quick ph reading to day just to see if things are going ok, and its sat bang on 3.9 so im more than happy, one day in and its got a very strong apple aroma ...Should be fermented in 4 to 10 days, will only bottle up when i know fermentation is done and sg sits the same 2 consecutive days .
Iv got the patience of a saint so im not rushing this at all.

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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Cider-Sim » Wed Sep 14, 2016 14:45

Were now on day 9 and the fermentation bucket is still bubbling away with very tiny air bubble on the surface , will this be due to the 500 g extra sugar i added to the 23 litres i set up with ? i wanted a fairly strong brew .
Shall i leave it to go 2 whole weeks of the fermentation stage before even thinking about bottling up ready for priming and carbonation stage ?

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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Rolfster » Wed Sep 14, 2016 15:37

Hi

I would take a hydrometer reading to find out how its doing.
Dont bottle until the reading is the same for 3 days.
My recent cider was 1.004 when it finished.
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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Cider-Sim » Wed Sep 14, 2016 17:31

Rolfster wrote:Hi

I would take a hydrometer reading to find out how its doing.
Dont bottle until the reading is the same for 3 days.
My recent cider was 1.004 when it finished.


Hi Rolfstar its been sat at 1.003 for the last 2 nights , so if its still that reading tomorrow night it will be safe to bulk prime and bottle up, even though its still bubbling which i took as still fermenting :doh: :lol:
thanks for the advice ,im taking it as slow as it takes as i want my first attempt to be a successful one :cheers1:

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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Crastney » Wed Sep 14, 2016 18:25

if it's a champagne yeast it'll keep going past 1.000, possibly even down as low as 0.995 - so keep checking the gravity, till it's the same several days running, or just until there's very few bubbles through the airlock (1 an hour is probably not slow enough).

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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Cider-Sim » Wed Sep 14, 2016 20:15

Crastney wrote:if it's a champagne yeast it'll keep going past 1.000, possibly even down as low as 0.995 - so keep checking the gravity, till it's the same several days running, or just until there's very few bubbles through the airlock (1 an hour is probably not slow enough).


It was the brewing yeast that come with the cider kit Crastney , but theres literally no activity at all in the airlock now 8-) will take a reading tonight if its same reading as it has been last 2 nights i,ll be preparing and sterilizing my bottles ready for bottling up.. :clap: :thumb:
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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Crastney » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:14

1.003 should be low enough to avoid bottle bomb - just don't overprime. err on the lower side of priming sugar, if you don't like fizzy cider.

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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Cider-Sim » Thu Sep 15, 2016 13:36

Bottling up ..jpeg
All bottled up, and hoping it will clear now .
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Dregs..jpeg
Not much sediment at the bottom.
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Fully Fermented..jpeg
All nicely fermented and sitting on 1.001 for 3 days running.
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Sterilizing Day..jpeg
So got all the PET bottles all sterilized ready for bottling up.
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So all bottled up after priming overnight, i left the last litre round the sediment so bottled up 10 x 2 litres to stand for four days in out house around 20c so just right , will then go in a cooler outhouse in the dark when hopefully and clear nicely for a good few months, will see what ones like around christmas, but well pleased with everything so far. :cheers1:

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Re: Brewmaker Cider de Luxe

Postby Rolfster » Thu Sep 15, 2016 19:29

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