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  1. Metman79

    AlderneyBrew's Brewdays.

    Ooof, that sounds good! Looks like an air route opening between you and Jersey so maybe we can have a sampling day after all!
  2. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Yeah it does, but then feels like you've really earned that cider!
  3. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Good work, my second larger batch came out of 1.048 OG, but yep agreed it's a proper 1/2 days work to get through it. Speidel also do a good fruit mill but not used it myself. Either way will invest in the Speidel or Fruit Shark next year I think as it'll remove about 3+hrs of work as we'll not...
  4. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    All good in the end thanks, came back yesterday to a solid bubbling from the Speidel and a great fresh apple smell in the downstairs loo..... which is where it's fermenting as it's the coolest place in the house.
  5. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Sorry Magistrate, rubbish news. We finished the 2nd lot on Saturday the day before we went on holiday. Managed an additional 6-7 gallons on top of the 3 gallons we made from early windfall. A couple of potential issues....we could only wait 20hrs after sulphite addition before adding the yeast...
  6. Metman79

    AlderneyBrew's Brewdays.

    Nice thread and glad to hear things are brewing well on the other Channel Islands too! I'm a little further south in Jersey! Perhaps we should do brewday exchanges and schedule in some day trips to the other islands for brewdays :D :onechug:!
  7. Metman79

    Metman79's Brewdays

    Hi there, first attempt to make a hazy hoppy IPA / NEIPA style brew at ~6.5% (homemade recipe below) and the 4th brewday using the 35L Brewzilla. All in all a pretty smooth and relaxed brewday, but here’s a few lessons learned after using the kit. Think I was pushing the limits on how much of...
  8. Metman79

    The Love Brewing Trick or Treat Giveaway!

    Red Rebellion please. Good luck everyone
  9. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Jersey....not much chance of that, a few commercial operators around here otherwise the old school orchards do it the old fashioned way, with a horse and stone trough!! :D
  10. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    The last two years that I've used natural yeasts the Kloeckera wild yeast has dominated too much and resultant cider was not good. This year as mentioned I've sulphited and then used a cider yeast. Depending on how much I get in October's gathering I may do half without sulphite but adding the...
  11. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    That's scratting made so easy!! Again jealous of the se-up and will have to invest for next year. Round two for us in two weeks or so once we get the majority of the apples off our tree and another batch from some friends. Fingers crossed ours gets into the 1.050+ category this time.
  12. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Yes I think I do need to invest in something else for next year, the manual scratter and press have been fun to use and do work, but.......takes so much time, even for 20-30kg, as you have to chop all the apples first before you can scrat them. I'll likely invest in a Fruit Shark or Speidel next...
  13. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Ha ha, now that would be telling!! Strange how certain things to better in certain places, someone we get apples from has fabulous damsons this year, I mean really, really tasty! Apples have been good, strawberries so so. But Le Mare vineyard have had an absolutely crap year with almost no crop.
  14. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Hey @Bill W always nice to meet a fellow Channel Islander! Sorry to hear about your lack of apples too, rubbish news! Ah well, maybe pies it is then. Any particular reason why the apples are less productive this year your way? Beer bubbling away nicely in the FV in the garage now with cider...
  15. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Thanks buddy, Campdend bombed it last night, pitched the yeast this evening, yeast had an interesting smell, my 5 yr old daughter said it smelt like rabbit food, fingers crossed and let's hope for bubblin' this time tomorrow!!
  16. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Hmm, 1045, so probably ~5% not great, but a lot of the apples have been early windfall. Ah well, it is what it is and I never add sugar so we'll see what we get. Be interested to hear about peoples experience with fermenting under warmer conditions as I've heard different things. Last year's...
  17. Metman79

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Hey all, sorry to hear about things in South Devon/blighty and the lack of apples. Here in Jersey we had no issues with frost and our circa 45yr old tree of unknown heritage has been pretty productive, coupled with a bit of scrumping from some friends resulted in four big flexi-tubs worth of...
  18. Metman79

    Fresh Hop Beer

    1056 on the OG this evening.
  19. Metman79

    Fresh Hop Beer

    Going off piste and making a fairly strong, quite hoppy brown ale. Was gonna be amber but I added 300g of chocolate malt instead of 100g!:D Should come out okay, in the fridge now getting down to pitching temp as ground water temp here around 19C.
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