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I get my tannins from oak chips and black tea. I tried Earl Grey last time, and it turned out to be my favorite so far, at one bag per gallon. You can't taste the tea, but the bergamot gives the cider a slight floral/citrus note. Pretty subtle, but it's there if you look for it.
I've heard about glass top stoves cracking with too much heat, so a huge boil on those might not be advised. I only boil about 4.5 gallons so I'm not too worried about it. Coil stoves suck because the coils aren't too stable when too much weight is on them.
law enforcement officials do need a search warrant to legally enter your house, unless you invite them in. Perhaps this was due to their inexperience.It is not inexperience, they are trained to talk their way in. As long as you agree, it is legal.