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by lord groan
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: homemade apple press and scratter in action
Replies: 16
Views: 5071

Re: homemade apple press and scratter in action

Hi Scotsloon, Hopefully this will help. Please note the whole thing was built from scrap wood scavenged from various places. I'm fortunate to have a charity-run wood recycling project nearby where I got most of the wood. I never had any plans I just designed as I went, I think it is probably over-en...
by lord groan
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: and now it ends - the 1st cider of autumn in the glass
Replies: 10
Views: 2353

Re: and now it ends - the 1st cider of autumn in the glass

The first pint of this years crop, clear and bright (thats condensation on the glass), very dry which is just how I like it and needing a little more bite I think, the lack of cookers or proper cider apples shows up in the lack of acidity. That said it isn't 'flabby' so I'm very happy with it https:...
by lord groan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: and now it ends - the 1st cider of autumn in the glass
Replies: 10
Views: 2353

Re: and so it begins... first cider of autumn! and pics for Crastney

Pics as requested! Sorry didn't get one of the scratting happening Apples https://i.imgur.com/O4009tYm.jpg scratter/press, moved into shed due to rain https://i.imgur.com/SLbZdPIm.jpg after 2 pressings, 2 fermenters in the fermentation fridge, the bottom one also has 1.2l blackberry juice added http...
by lord groan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Cheap scratter
Replies: 3
Views: 1367

Re: Cheap scratter

My daughter took this picture 2 weeks ago when we were scratting, please excuse her helpful notations! https://i.imgur.com/y5R3t5vm.jpg The scratter is the waste disposal unit, I got it second hand for £8 or £9 IIRC and then I dismantled it for Very careful cleaning and sterilising. I mounted it on ...
by lord groan
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Aldi remote control barbecue thermometer
Replies: 6
Views: 738

Re: Aldi remote control barbecue thermometer

Thanks Hanglow, they're in the clearance at £4.99 now but I'll probably give it a miss, I think I'm just in the mood for more gadgetry which i dont really need.
Must be strong :(
by lord groan
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Aldi remote control barbecue thermometer
Replies: 6
Views: 738

Re: Aldi remote control barbecue thermometer

Yes I'm using an stc but I've no idea which version it is. I've never really thought about the whole monitoring/data logging aspect before, I just set the target temp and come back a few days later when it's done. From what you suggest I think I'll check the stc over before doing anything else Cheer...
by lord groan
Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Aldi remote control barbecue thermometer
Replies: 6
Views: 738

Aldi remote control barbecue thermometer

Has anyone got one of these?
I saw some in the clearance section at Aldi and thought they might work for brewing. No clues on the packet about the working temperature range though so I wondered if anyone hadone. Thinking about using the remote to monitor fermentation
by lord groan
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Sparge water help
Replies: 2
Views: 576

Re: Sparge water help

Sounds about right. When I'm doing a 23litre brew I normally use about 32litres in total, 10-12l for the mash and I batch sparge with two lots of 10l, this gives me around 26-28l in the boiler depending on mash losses. Then i boil until it drops to between 24 and 25 left, which gives me about 23 in ...
by lord groan
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: 2nd cider of autumn
Replies: 2
Views: 1288

Re: 2nd cider of autumn - pics

pics! first shows the two ciders, the top one is the 1st brew after racking, with a really pinkish tinge caused by the redskinned apples I used, the lower one, still fermenting is the same mix of apples as the top one but with 1.2l blacberry juice added http://i.imgur.com/aA8Ehey.jpg The blackberry ...
by lord groan
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Sulphur smells - edit which nutrient
Replies: 3
Views: 1669

Re: Sulphur smells - edit - which nutrient

Following on from this, 2 batches now brewed with nutrient added and no nasty smells, I've run out of nutrient and need to order more but I'm faced with "yeast nutrient" powder and "Vitamin B1 yeast nutrient" tablets. I'd rather spend £2 on 100 tablets at around 5 per brew than £2 on enough powder f...
by lord groan
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: 2nd cider of autumn
Replies: 2
Views: 1288

2nd cider of autumn

Well the apples continue to fall and the blackberries ripen so; 50l loose windfall apples gave approx 30l pulp which gave 15l juice, add 3 campden tablets and 3 tsp pectolase. After 2 days I racked my 1st cider of autumn and used 300ml of yeast sludge from that to begin fermenting this one. Next day...
by lord groan
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: and now it ends - the 1st cider of autumn in the glass
Replies: 10
Views: 2353

Re: and so it begins... first cider of autumn!

Any pics of the scratter build wonky? My eldest is coming to her grans with me tomorrow, she wants windfalls for making crumble, I want them for more cider but this'll have blackberries in it too - not a clue how that'll come out. Had to do a bottlecount today - I'm in danger of running out of empties
by lord groan
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: and now it ends - the 1st cider of autumn in the glass
Replies: 10
Views: 2353

and now it ends - the 1st cider of autumn in the glass

Well the heavy rain and wind has brought down aload of apples in my mum's garden so I gathered them up, I got about 55 litres of loose apples, after a spray down to wash off dirt, quartering and cutting off the nasty bits I scratted them to get about 40litres of pulp, then after pressing I have roug...
by lord groan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Steam extraction ideas, please
Replies: 13
Views: 1354

Re: Steam extraction ideas, please

I tried a few things before settling on the simplest I could come up with. I tried a hood - too much dripping condensation, an open door - meh, then I made a removable panel on the outside of my brewshed located just above the top edge of the boiler, screwed 4 old computer fans across the gap and wi...
by lord groan
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Sulphur smells - edit which nutrient
Replies: 3
Views: 1669

Re: Sulphur smells

Thanks oldbloke, i was getting sidetracked by the coincidence of sulphur in the campden tablets