Lets meetup, juice some apples and start the fermentation for hard cider

  • October 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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  • Mark O

    Thanks Peter for hosting & teaching us.! It was fun!

    October 12, 2013

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    good people and a learning experience

    October 12, 2013

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    If the cider is too foamy in the morning you can filter it once more before adding the yeast. The foam shouldn't cause any problems but it is a bit unsightly. I wouldn't filter it after adding the yeast as you may filter out the yeast. Some white foam will form during the early days of fermentation but it should disappear after a few days. Email if you have any questions.

    October 12, 2013

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      A former member

      Pete, thanks for good learning and enjoyable evening, Jeff

      October 12, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Thank you for hosting this Peter. I am looking forward to a tasting party :)

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Amelia

    What can I say Peter other than last night kicked ass!! I had a great time, nice group of folks and learned how to make liquid libation. Fun times. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for making my event successful. So many apples! I think we juiced apples from everyone that came. I hope to see you all soon and to hear how the fermentation turned out.

    October 12, 2013

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    I'll bring a 7 pack of beer and 2 Angry Ciders (that is if their allowed in the house!). I'll bring a Giant Pep and sausage Brewery City Pizza too.

    October 11, 2013

  • Amelia

    Rebecca and I should be able to bring some more apples

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gina cancelled by phone but isn't able to change her RSVP so that opens up spots for those waiting. I will change the maximum number to allow it . So at the moment the count is 11. If anyone else is cancelling please change your RSVP as I am buying supplies.

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, a lot of interest. We really could use a third juicer if anyone has one? And apples!

    October 11, 2013

    • Amelia

      I have a another juicer. It's not super great, but I guess better than no third juicer so I'll bring it.

      October 11, 2013

  • A former member
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    I'm looking to make new friends (I just moved here)and there is nothing better than new cider, with onion pie, I have to bring my chaperones the first time I hope that is OK. Call me if you need to[masked]-5827. Can I bring Onion Pie let me know?

    October 10, 2013

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    A former member

    I have a juicer i will bring but no apples. I will buy some if there aren't enough. Can't wait! We have been meaning to learn how to do this for a long time.

    October 9, 2013

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      We will need up to ten cups of sugar depending how much cider we end up with. The container need to be jug type to hold the air lock vents. Don't worry about the jugs, I will buy some 1/2 gallon jugs and stoppers and vents, they ar not expensive. I have yeast. If a few people want to bring a snack or some beverage that would be nice. I have some cider brewing but it is only half done fermenting.

      October 10, 2013

    • Amelia

      Ok, I'll bring the sugar. I've also got a nice cheese to nibble on and something to drink. Thanks again for hosting Peter! I'm really looking forward to making cider

      October 10, 2013

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    New member to this group.

    October 10, 2013

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    I went to hope Island and picked another 20 lbs of apples. I have about 50 lbs total. That should make almost three gallons of cider. I am hoping we end up with enough for a half gallon a person. I already have a couple other gallons brewing so I don't really need much for myself. I just want to taste the different kinds when they are done.

    October 9, 2013

  • Mark O

    I was able to get about half box apples my neighbor was kind enough to let pick them. I could not find my juicer so glad Jess can bring one.

    October 9, 2013

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    New member to this group.

    October 9, 2013

  • Darlene G

    Sorry. Have other plans. Have fun

    October 8, 2013

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    Ok I set it for this Friday. Short notice but I don't want the apples to go bad.
    I would love to get a true head count so I can buy enough supplies. So please update your status by Thursday if possible. I may stop at a nearby house and see if they can spare more apples too if needed. Peter

    October 8, 2013

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    The basic procedure is: juice, filter, pasteurize, settling is a nice idea if time permits, put in jug, add sugar, add yeast, put on airlock to let carbon dioxide escape while keeping air out, wait two weeks, pasteurize again, add sugar if you want it sweeter, and reconvene for cider party. You can use a 2 liter bottle with a balloon for an airlock but it's much classier to use a glass jug and a real airlock. The beer brewing supply store has supplies for about $7. I have some extra's too I can bring. I hope some others have juicers they can bring.
    If you bring about eighteen or twenty good sized apples that should be enough for a half a gallon. If you happen to have 1/2 gallon to 1 gallon size glass jugs bring those too. I will make a trip to the beer store and have supplies on hand.

    Now we need to pick a date. How about Sunday evening or Friday Evening. Let's hear your preferences!

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have a big box of apples if you don't have access to any.

      October 8, 2013

    • Amelia

      I would prefer Friday but can make either evening work! Looking forward to this

      October 8, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Sounds interesting! At ripeness do the apples need to be? What if we each brought our own box of apples? Then what else would we need to bring/do once they're juiced?

    October 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The sweeter the apples the better, but we will be adding some sugar in any case to increase the alcohol content. Rotten isn't good of course.

      October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can do any day but a Wednesday

    October 7, 2013

  • Mark O

    Hi Peter, Wednesday or Friday nights work best for me. I think I can bring a juicer. My neigbbor has apple tree I think I can round up some more apples to. Any suggestion about what to bottle in & approx. quantity of apples it takes to get a gallon. I'm getting pilgrim style thirsty!

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a big box of apples. I would love to have some help juicing and starting the fermentation and sharing the product. Anybody interested. This needs to happen in the next few weeks while the apples are reasonable fresh. I have enough apples for a couple of gallons at least. If someone has more apples they can supply and a juicer we can make more. It takes about two weeks for the fermentation to complete. I have made three or four gallons already this year of about 10% ABV cider. This isn't your Angry Orchard 5% overly sweet stuff. Mine tends to be dry, strong, but good. It can be modified in strength and taste by adjusting sugar and, pasturization, yeast, and fermentation time. We can meet at my home, an evening would be best.

    October 6, 2013

    • Amelia

      How about Friday?

      1 · October 7, 2013

  • Amelia

    I'd love to do this if its at a date and time that I can go.

    October 7, 2013

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