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Other Fermentables / Strongbow clone?
« on: October 06, 2013, 06:15:13 AM »
My wife really enjoys Strongbow cider, as it seems to have the right combination of tart, sweet, and apple flavor.  I have tried numerous times to come up with a cider that she will enjoy, but have fallen short each time.  Typically I have used juice and champagne yeast, but have tried various wine yeasts as well.  Each time it gets way too dry, and retains a little "yeasty" character.  Any suggestions of yeast choice or ways to keep it from getting too dry?  My goal is to not have to add apple juice at bottling time.  Thanks

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1010 Advice/help!!!
« on: July 11, 2013, 04:12:13 AM »
Thanks for the replies and helping to ease my worries a bit.  Will wait and see how it turns out.  Just out of curiosity, is it normal to have almost no swell from the smack packs?  The only other time I used one it got very big and tight.  This one had almost nothing.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 1010 Advice/help!!!
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:04:46 PM »
First attempt at basic American wheat ale.  Used Wyeast 1010 for first time, temps holding in low 70s (I live in south Louisiana so its tough to get much cooler).  My smack pack did not swell as much as my other packs have.  I pitched anyway, just in case.  Four days into things and NO airlock activity.  I took the lid off the bucket with the intentions of pitching whatever yeast I had on hand (unfortunately just a wine yeast).  However, despite no airlock bubbles, there is krausen and the smell of fermentation!  Any thoughts?  Should I pitch the wine yeast, just leave it be, or what?  Need some help as this is the first time it hasn't gone as planned.  Thanks in advance. 

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