As my cider-making experience grows, so does my cider volume. I'm thinking about moving to a slightly bigger operation, but wasn't quite sure of the exact logistics. I know that a 6.5 gallon carboy for primary and a 5 gallon carboy for secondary is a common setup. However I've actually found a cheaper and (hopefully) … Continue reading Brew Bucket!
So while not directly related to cider making, its really nice for homebrew operations to be able to remove labels on their glassware that is being reused. My go-to juice base comes in a nice 1 gallon glass carboy, which comes with its own label on it. You can find beers and wine in pop-top … Continue reading How to remove labels from glass containers
With batch 3 done, I've got nothing going at the moment. Time to get another couple of gallons going! This time, I want to experiment with adding a bit of sugar to the primary to increase the original gravity (and therefore, alcohol of the final product). Since I'm doing two gallons, I'm going to try … Continue reading Batch 4 – Primary
A hydrometer is a device thats used to measure the gravity (density) of a liquid compared to water (which has a gravity of 1). The more dense a liquid is, the more the hydrometer will float. Knowing the gravity of our cider means we can approximate how much sugar is in our cider. Hydrometers are … Continue reading How to use a Hydrometer
After a very exciting experience with the cherries and orange peels, v3.1 is rather plain. I let the fermentation go a bit long, and opted to bottle straight from primary. Bottling is a pretty smooth process now. This batch already tests better than the first batch of EC-1118 yeast. Can't wait … Continue reading Batch 3.1 – Bottling