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Old 19-09-2017, 07:02 AM   #21
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really fantastic work Freester, particularly considering last year was your first I think ? - really inspiring stuff....

We now have 5 potato sacks of apples at home with a few more to harvest and some scrumping options further afield. Will press in the next week or 2 so do let me know the shredder make as it might save a lot of work......
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Old 22-09-2017, 05:25 PM   #22
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what make of garden shredder is that ?
All it says on it us Lawn King Castel Garden. HTH.
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Racked off the second batch today. ABV differed quite markedly between the three FVs. 5.25, 5.5 and 6.3%. The DJ of Perry was around 5%.



Thinking about a final collect, press and ferment in the next few weeks. Will have to bottle some of this to free up the Carboys / DJs for racking the final batch!
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Well this week I got an unexpected invite to pick some fruit from a tree. Mmm what have we here...





Some real perry pears! Unknown variety but suspect they are Blakeney Reds.

I think I'll try and do these properly. Let them ripen for as long as it takes (keeping an eye on them as they ripen from the inside). Scrat and let the pomace stand for 24 hours before pressing.

Unsure whether I'll add campdens / pectolase then cider yeast or just let these guys ferment au naturel!
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I had another go at identifying these this evening. My mate said he thought someone told him years ago they were called 'Stillaballs'. So I had another scan through the National Perry Pear Centre website...

I'm almost certain they are actually 'Lumber' aka Steelyard Balls.

https://www.nationalperrypearcentre.org.uk/pear/lumber/

"A small tree with large attractive fruits of little value for cooking or perry making".

Ahh well that's my excitement well and truly subdued and my mate has just sent me a text thanking me for taking them away for him!

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Ahh well they will get scratted and fermented all the same.
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Ahh well they will get scratted and fermented all the same.
Too right freester. The majority of my apples are cooking apples, which most people say aren't great for cider making but the stuff I made last year was delicious. And you can always add flavourings if needed so don't turn down the chance for some beautiful home crafted perry !

I'll be sampling my first batch this weekend, as primary fermentation appears almost done....
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I'll be sampling my first batch this weekend, as primary fermentation appears almost done....
You're just too keen. That's the mistake I made last year. Drunk too much at Xmas. No doubt you'll get a taste as you 'manually prime' the syphon but leave it at that...

This year my plan is a small amount for tasting at Xmas but leave the vast majority until the spring after the fabled malolactic ferment has occurred.
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I'm not as bad as you think - I literally meant drinking the hyrdrometer samples !

I will allow myself and the deputy scratter (wife) a celebratory bottle when they clear (touch wood) but anticipate leaving the rest until spring for exactly the reason you say.

Dry January helps !
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freester - as you seem to be a master of this trade I have a question for you - do you add more camdens when racking to secondary ? I cannot make my mind up whether to do it or not ?
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I'm not as bad as you think - I literally meant drinking the hyrdrometer samples !

I will allow myself and the deputy scratter (wife) a celebratory bottle when they clear (touch wood) but anticipate leaving the rest until spring for exactly the reason you say.

Dry January helps !
Are you not doing Go Sober For October?

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freester - as you seem to be a master of this trade I have a question for you - do you add more camdens when racking to secondary ? I cannot make my mind up whether to do it or not ?
Master of this trade LOL. Talk a good game that's all!

Personally no I don't add more campdens. Sterilise the secondary vessels (usually DJs or Carboys) with VWP but that's it.
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