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Old 10-09-2017, 11:17 PM   #11
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It sounds like it's coming on really well!
I've never used air locks on buckets, if it doesn't leak around the rim I just unclip it a bit to let the gas out, works fine.
What kind of press is that? I haven't seen one of those before.
Regarding what to do with your leftover pulp, see if there is anyone nearby with some pigs and give it to them they love it. I always take mine to the local pig keeper and he gets me a leg of lamb or two in exchange! You're probably wondering why not some pork, apparently his wife gave them all names, they got attached and now they are kept as pets
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:01 AM   #12
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Another busy afternoon yesterday.

I racked off the initial fermenting bins. So I've got approximate 64l settling / conditioning (interesting how inaccurate the markings are on the fermenting bins I thought I had nearer 70l).

I pitched nutrient and yeast into this weekend's press. Tried a different make of yeast in each bin... Love Brewing Champagne, Mangrove Jack M02 Cider, and Youngs Cider Yeast.

I also pitched yeast into the Pear Juice Demi john. This was a 1800 last night. It's frothing through the airlock this AM. Time to construct a ChippyTea Blow Off Valve ™ (http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...ad.php?t=48970) this evening me thinks.



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It sounds like it's coming on really well!
Thank you!

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I've never used air locks on buckets, if it doesn't leak around the rim I just unclip it a bit to let the gas out, works fine.
Yeh I was sort of aware I could do that but all the buckets I've ever scrounged / borrowed / bought have had a hole / grommet for an air lock in the lid.

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What kind of press is that? I haven't seen one of those before.
I got it from Love Brewing. It's an all stainless cross beam - 20l capacity. It's got a badge on it suggesting it was made in Italy.

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Regarding what to do with your leftover pulp, see if there is anyone nearby with some pigs and give it to them they love it.
Interestingly someone in the pub mentioned they know someone with pigs last night. So I'm going to investigate this option next time!
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:57 PM   #13
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Are those air locks on the demijohns on the bottom left?
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Are those air locks on the demijohns on the bottom left?
No - they are 'safety stoppers'. DJ stoppers that allow the DJ to vent...
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No - they are 'safety stoppers'. DJ stoppers that allow the DJ to vent...
ooo i like the sound of those...
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:49 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info on the press, I had a good half hour looking at the 'Love Brewing' sites various presses! They've got a big selection on there, i've never seen the water filled bladder type before either.
Do you use a filter bag with yours?
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:23 PM   #17
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Also following with interest. Great work freester.
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Thanks for the info on the press,
No problem!

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Do you use a filter bag with yours?
Yes I do use a straining bag. I'm not sure it's 100% necessary with this type of press. But if anything it helps take the dry pomace out once you've pressed.

It seems a nice well made thing. My one little complaint is the holder for the pulp is a little narrow. So when you pour the pulp in some can end on the juice tray if you're not careful. A few bits ended up in my first batch. Most recently when I poured the pressed juice into the FV I poured it through a second strainer bag to catch any bits that might have escaped!

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Thank you!

It's all bubbling away nicely in the garage. Temp is around 12-15 deg C (night-day).

I'm planning one more collect / press late Sept / early Oct. Focussing mainly on Cider apples which are ready later in the season it seems.

I may do a press this weekend for a friend. He runs a catering business and cafe and has a big Cox apple tree in his garden. This will be for freshly pressed apple juice for his business...
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this is awesome...... 150l

what make of garden shredder is that ?
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this is awesome...... 150l
A slight overestimate - the markings on the FVs are a little inaccurate. I reckon there is about 140l. I'm definitely going to do one more press. I think I'll be at max capacity with regards to conditioning and bottling then at around 200l!

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I'm away from home for a few days will get back to you at the end of the week. It's an old one my Father in Law said it'd been standing in his shed doing nothing for the last 10 years at least.
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