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#41 Nova

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 06:00 AM

I got two peeps 2 try my 184 proof drop! Too cool!!!
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 06:08 AM

Just the shine, no 1 is g8m 2 try the extracty!
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Posted 12 July 2009 - 11:01 PM

UPDATE- arrived -
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Here is what I used - ( I didnt end up useing the brown sugar, just extra cup of white castor adn 1 bottle of honey)
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YEY ITS IN AND FERMENTING ! 30LTRS

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 11:13 PM

I am going to let it ferment for 4 weeks then bottle and store for further 4 weeks.

What do you guys think ?
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:04 AM

Is the air-lock starting to bubble yet?

As for letting it sit for longer...

"Six months and it hits its stride. Eight months and it'll blow your mind".

Says some dude!
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:06 AM

how long can I leave in fermenter ?
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:09 AM

In the 4th week, the yeast will begin to drop out and it will become clear. After at least 4 weeks, you can keg or bottle, but it is ok to leave it in the carboy for another month or so.


As per your recipe i do believe!
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:14 AM

... lol , not mine CUT N pasted... thanx I probably should of read it again.
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:37 AM

yah i know its not really yours, is it bubbling yet??
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:40 AM

The brew is but the air lock is not ! there is a little bit of room in top of barrel, so it will have to build up... I will check again tonight.. its only a couple of hours old

I wrapped it up in foil and towel in hope to keep it warmer.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:43 AM

Make sure you have put the lid on correctly, i had issues with one of my kegs where as if the lid wasn't on REALLY TIGHT the airlock wouldn't bubble as the gas was escaping past the rubber foam sealy thingo. This won't affect the brew however you won't be able to see when it has finished fermenting and it is cool to hear the, bloooop blloooooop of the airlock :banghead:
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:48 AM

Thanx mate for all your help and everyone who gave tips !!!!:rofl: , and the count down begins....:banghead:

I will update in a month or two when I bottle it !

Edited by chilliman, 13 July 2009 - 12:50 AM.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:52 AM

Oh yeah i wanted to purchase a heating mat for my carboy but the dude at the shop just said "ya don't need one" i was like wtf why wont you sell me a heating mat (probably didn't have any) and then he just said that he uses a towel to wrap around his so you aint as dumb as you look!!
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:55 AM

LOL, it kinda looks silly... but its tucked away in a dark corner of the house not to be touched for I would say 2 months now.

Then bottle and leave for another 2 mths. tasteing along the way of course;)

The cider packs say - 2 weeks to ferment, then 5 weeks in bottle. (but I have doubled everything, and the cider packs together make 34 LTRS I made 30 with them... so I hope its not too sweet & would rather leave it longer to take out the sugars ?. Is that how it works ?

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:57 AM

Cool, i hope it turns out great then i'll make some :hell:

Mah i'll probably make some anyway....
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 04:37 PM

OK, all is welll and the airlock is bubbleing away !

Can I open the carboy and place more sugar in a week or two ? Or will this be enough ?? :

13 grms of yeast
1KG Dextrose sugar
375ML Honey
500 grm demarara sugar
100 grms castor
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 04:49 PM

I dare say it will be enough. I didn't add any sugar or honey to mine as i am relying on the natural sugars in the 9 litres of apple juice i added.

You added some apple juice too so there should be plenty!

Edit: Yeah you have 1975 grms of "sweet stuff" and then your juice, how much juice did ya put in there because there is around 10grms natural sugar per 100ml i think.
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 04:53 PM

3 ltrs in total ! 300 GRMS of sugar ??
Well thats sounds better I forgot about that !
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Posted 16 July 2009 - 06:09 AM

I thought a couple a bubbles occassionally, but the BLOOP of the airlock is all the time ! Ha haha it still catches me out... as I can hear it when all is queit in the "chilli office".
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 07:40 PM

HEY CHILLIMAN, I FEEL LIKE YELLING AT YOU!

HOW IS YOU CIDER GOING? I BOTTLED MOST OF MINE AND IT IS ON ITS SECOND FERMENTATION. 5 WEEKS SEEMS LIKE FOREVER TO WAIT, OOOOO MANNNNNNNNN.
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