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  1. MattH1973

    cider bottling

    sorry to not see this earlier - wouldn't there be a risk that the sugar in the apple juice will re-ferment ? There are various back sweetening techniques covered on here, but I would encourage you to try some dry cider - its really pretty good once you get used to it.
  2. MattH1973

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    So a down year of 25 litres is all done, but I still have the bulk of the 2020 (about 80+ litres iirc) in the cellar, so that should see me through another year.
  3. MattH1973

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    for completeness, bottling now done. I did the 15 litres with yeast in Autumn, and the 10 litres au naturel yesterday. It all tasted OK, bar one DJ of the au naturel that was a bit sharp - but lets see if it mellows in the bottles. Everything had fermented all the way... 20211028_184630 by...
  4. MattH1973

    First time cider questions/?reassurance

    have a look at mine and Freesters threads in the "brewdays" section for more of the basics - but in summary my advice is keep it simple. The scum at the top is never an issue in my experience. And I now dont bother with secondary. Just let the primary fermentation do its thing - you know its...
  5. MattH1973

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Mine is the Selections Scratter.... very similar to this (no idea if this one or this seller is reliable or not) if you read my cider threads from previous years, you will see that I love mine https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/373604621916?chn=ps&mkevt=1&mkcid=28
  6. MattH1973

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Bottled the first 15 litres (the yeast batches) yesterday. The 9% had fermented very very dry and the 7% almost as much. The DJs had almost totally cleared and the hydrometer samples tasted really smooth. Nice results from a small yield, well worth doing. 20211028_184630 by MattH3764, on...
  7. MattH1973

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Yes - the utility room does get rather pebble dashed with flying pomace, but it has no other use so i can live with that. It's easy enough to hose down the mesh at the end. It's a good press that I am very happy with.
  8. MattH1973

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    My au naturel has nothing added at all - Freester convinced me to try it this way - it comes out pretty well. The pH of my apples is quite acidic, and the love brewing guide recommends adding precipated chalk to take the edge off - with my yeast batches i do this along with camden and...
  9. MattH1973

    2021 Cider Season

    great work, Moonraker. Ive all the home made scratting solutions I have seen, this is my favourite.
  10. MattH1973

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Glad to see some action happening in the UK.... allbeit the Southern extremes...responding on a few points.... - The Selections electric scratter is well worth the money. Not only does it save massive time, but it also increases yield due to perfect pulp consistency. - I ferment in the cellar...
  11. MattH1973

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    i put the yeast in monday, but only after inserting it did i notice a distinct odour on the yeast. Hopefully it wont ruin those 15 litres. Interesting other harvests are down, must be a late frost. Makes me glad I got what I did.
  12. MattH1973

    2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    Despite some fine blossom this year..... 20210516_131835 by MattH3764, on Flickr Ended up with slim pickings - just 3 sacks - I assume the issue was a late frost or lack of bees, plus my trees being somewhat biennial 20210906_201107 by MattH3764, on Flickr Consolation is that I am busy on...
  13. MattH1973

    2020 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    drinking some of the 2020 just to see how it is....... - the post above was instructive, as the earlier batch is particularly fizzy - i think i bottled a tad too early and that had the effect of over priming. tastes OK though..... - for the yeast batches i went back to where i started -...
  14. MattH1973

    2018 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    i made quite a lot in 2020, and still have a good amount of 2019 left. So I hope with a decent harvest this year I will always have the option of drinking 1 year + old cider....
  15. MattH1973

    2019 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    had a bottle of 2019 au naturel this week, so around 18 months old. Absolutley delicious - i am thinking that between 1.5 years and 2 years is the optimum age to enjoy my cider. I have quite a bit of 2019 left, so it should be a good spring....
  16. MattH1973

    2018 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    so i kept 3 bottles of 2018 to see how it aged - had one this week (Feb 2021) so its now nearly 2.5 years old. Still smooth, but i think it peaked last summer - so i am starting to think around 2 years, or a bit less, is the optimum age....
  17. MattH1973

    2020 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    bottled all 35 litres of the au naturel today. the earlier batch hadn't fermented quite as dry as the latter (stronger) one which had gone drier and smoother....... so that should be my operations all done for another year, with plenty stowed away to drink..... 20201213_143338 by MattH3764, on...
  18. MattH1973

    2020 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

    you were right freester, i took a sample from the clearest, quietest DJ and even that had fermented about 3/4 of the way. I will let it do its thing and bottle in Dec. All good.
  19. MattH1973

    Spiced Cider in time for Xmas ?

    there was a christmas spiced cider thread on here 3-4 years ago, called "festive cheer" or something. I did that recipie, was pretty good. And will easily be ready for christmas if you use yeast and bottle after 3 weeks.
  20. MattH1973

    Pear cider with bad juice

    I often get bits of apple in my cider, it eventually sinks to the bottom when the cider clears, which can be weeks after bottling, and the taste is always fine. I would stick with it if it tastes ok now
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