If you didn't warm up your previous samples you are also seeing how temp affects the density of liquid. Colder liquid is more dense so the gravity will read a bit higher.
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If you want a good intro, try the online version of "The Complete joy of Homebrewing" http://www.howtobrew.com/ . The online version is free.
Ooops, mixed titles! The link is for How to Brew by John Palmer. But I don't know how much good it wll do for someone who's mainly interested in cider.
You would be using a wild culture and there is no guarantee what you would end up with. I ' m not saying you shouldn't try it but I would caution to start out with a small batch. That way if get earthy, pine tar, with ragweed flavor you won't feel so bad about throwing it out. You have no way to know if what you will get started is a yeast or a bacteria and the flavors from wild strains of either can be absolutely great or horribly, horribly bad.
And, not to be an language freak but..., you don't make yeast. Yeast make themselves. We culture/grow yeast but we don't make it. Some other higher process or power made it unless you are geneticist in which case maybe you can.
That's why I asked, cause I've never tried it I'm still researching home brewing, don't even have anything to get started, just wanting to learn as much as I can first.
As for the language, I'm from the south, we call all soda Coke. "Hey, you want a Coke?" "Sure!" "What kind you want?" "Dr Pepper!"
Is that a gas disconnect just under the RANCO? That is brilliant! What kind of hardware did you need to make that connection to the gas post?
In case you are still looking for ideas, here's what I did with my chest freezer. I mounted a platform under the freezer with casters to make it easy to move.
I may make a platform just so it's taller, but probably won't be using casters. It won't be going anywhere. Am I seeing a 2 x 6? If so, I like it and may go that root over a 2 x 4.
Now, now, now, a BGE isn't exactly a Caddy. It's more of a Chevy, good dependable transportation with a good reputation. If you really want to drive the best then spend some real dough...
Seriously, when my metal Akorn dies I will probably get one. Of course the 32 is $6K and the 23 is $4.5K...you'll only cry once
Do a little searching on this site for Motor+Mill. A year or two (maybe 3) there were some very active and informative threads on this very topic.
In my case I used a .5hp, 1750RPM basic motor I got from my Dad. Added a 10" sheave and a 1.5" sheave. Then I built a cart to mount the mill on. A Homer bucket fits under the mill. Very compact and easy to store.
Ditto. I did exactly this and it works great. I went with a new electric motor, but I understand one can find them used for much less. My system is easy to disassemble and store:
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I went that route at first but I got tired of carrying the whole thing around on a board. I decided to build this.
no offence to dmtaylor but there are many cider styles. Strongbow is no artisenal product for sure, but it has plenty of fans and common ciders can be made using authentically. Dry cider is not inherently better than sweet cider.
Once upon a time, I consumed an awful lot of Boone's Farm and Zima, so I can relate. It's not inherently good or bad. It's just not REAL wine/beer/cider, etc.... I guess that's my real peeve with it all. People want to make Zima at home? Well, good luck with that....
I've had a Schmidling mill for over 15 yrs. amoritize the cost over that time, add in the savings in buying bulk grain, and hitting 80-85% efficency, I'm at a cost of less than $10.00 /year and dropping.
Buy once, cry once. Don't cheap out
Agreed. I love my JSP MaltMill.
Im doing 1BBL all grain and im using a Cereal Killer, works superbly and I hit 82% on the last batch.I had never heard of the Cereal Killer Mill. First link I found on Google has it for $99. Not bad.