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  1. Moonraker

    2021 Cider Season

    At one point I thought there wasn't even going to be a season this year; With learnings from last year I've been playing with the idea of making a home-built scratter for a while. The borrowed hand-cranked one I had last year went back to the owner and it had been very time consuming and a lot...
  2. Moonraker

    Blackberry wine redemption?

    So I racked off my 6 month-old blackberry wine into a clean DJ and had a sample of it this afternoon. Yuck :^( It don't taste nothing like blackberries, it's dry and a bit sour and what is best described as a bit "gassy" on the tongue. Very rough and a not pleasant aftertaste. Even your best...
  3. Moonraker

    Primed and bottled - but no carbonation...

    My crabapple cider started at 1070 and fermented out at 993 and my blackberry cider started at 1072 and ended at 996, so both about 10% strength and very dry. I racked both off into fresh DJs and put them in an outside shed for about 3 weeks. A fortnight ago I brought them in, gave them 24 hours...
  4. Moonraker

    Backsweeting - heresy?

    I racked off my Crabapple and Blackberry ciders into clean DJs this afternoon, FG of 1.000 - 1.001 so just about fermented out now. Taste test not too bad, the Crabapple is a bit tart in a stripenamelfromteeth kind of way, but the Blackberry shows promise. However both are very dry. Both me and...
  5. Moonraker

    Calculating OG and FG across a split fermentation?

    Let's say I have a gallon of juice in a DJ, I have added sugar and measured the OG and add yeast. After 1 week of fermentation I split the gallon into two separate DJ's and add new juice that also has added sugar and that I have measured the OG before adding it. How do I work out the overall OG...
  6. Moonraker

    2020 Cider season

    Last year was a bit slapdash, I didn't weigh or measure things properly and didn't make any notes so not suprisingly the results were hit and miss. This year is going to more organised and hopefully writing it all down here will discipline me to be more structured. As the old adage says - If you...
  7. Moonraker

    Fruit tree advice?

    Are there any horticulturists/arborists out there by any chance? I'm wondering what to do about a sickly tree; Three years ago I planted 8 different fruit tree saplings, 7 have fruited to a greater or lesser extent for the first time this year (a single solitary Mirabelle!), but the Williams...
  8. Moonraker

    Too much Campden?

    As we have a bumper crop of blackberries this year apart from making several batches of apple and blackberry crumble (mmm, crumble), I've also been juicing them by mashing them through a sieve and putting the juice in plastic bottles in the freezer until I decide what I'm going to make with it...
  9. Moonraker

    Lurker steps out of the shadows...

    Hello All, Having spent a few days reading various threads after having found the forum in the results of a google search for a homebrew recipe, I thought I'd join in. My first attempt at homebrew was back in 1984 at school for our graduation party, but then didn't really get into it proper...
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