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Re: Applejack
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2015, 12:18:07 PM »
No for me. Sounds like a sanitation problem or some contamination with the fruit.

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2015, 03:07:49 PM »
I will have to try again and be more careful i guess 8)
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Re: Applejack
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2015, 08:13:51 PM »
Thanks for the recommendation. I had one bottle left from back in October, froze it and was able to get a couple of shot glasses out of it. I'll be trying it tomorrow after work. 17

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« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2015, 05:23:01 AM »
Let it drip until the color is gone from the hard cider. That way you get all the alcohol + some flavorings. Since some water ends up with the Applejack, I will funnel back into a different, sanitized 2 L and re-freeze it. The first time I freeze the hard cider, I get a large chunk of clear ice. The second freezing, I will get a much smaller amount of ice. This I drain into the 1/2 gallon bottle with the goal of trying to keep it full, so it's available for me to empty. Now that should clear things up- keep it full, so you can empty- right!
Oh- and it does get better with age, like any other alcohol product. I was even thinking about a small wooden cask to put mine in, but the costs are out of sight and I can get the same effect with chips. And because I pull some and then add some back, I have no records on the cider. But some of that Applejack has to be 2 years old and the new is added (blended) into it.
I have not done the chip thing yet, but if I get ambitious, I would add the chips during the hard cider making phase. That way the chips would be frozen in the ice and that would keep the Applejack chip-free and clear. Makes sense- right?

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« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2015, 03:22:32 PM »
Do I have to keep it refrigerated?  That's how I extracted my cider while frozen,  I left it upside down in a glass.   I found  a couple more ciders from last September, October.  I'm thinking of getting a 1 gallon glass jug with a air lock. I would add 4 cans of concentrate and add water,  that should about your conversion with a 2 liter bottle.  17

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« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2015, 05:43:00 AM »
I keep mine in the frig. I like to pour some over crushed ice in a 12 oz glass and add a shot of lime juice. Stir with a straw and dream of the coast. All it needs is a tiny umbrella (whoa! My gaydar just went off!). And 2 of these is a buzz.
I would not use a glass jar in the freezer (even with an air-lock). Stick with the 2 L soda bottles and the caps (or even balloons/condoms) to make the hard cider. Degas (with the caps) and freeze the 2L after the cider is done (2 weeks) and then invert on a 1/2 or 1 gallon glass jug until the ice is clear. I use a 1/2 gallon jug to store in the fridge because of space ( and so the wife stays off my case- remember all the kegs of beer waiting to go in the kegerator?).
This is what works for me. The hard cider is good the way it is, but too much apple juice is not in my best interest (remember- never trust a fart!). But the applejack gives you the apple flavor with an alcohol bite and the lemon/lime keeps it from being too sweet. And it looks like pink lemonade (which freaks people out since they see you with a beer mostly- they don't know your smashed until you slur or hit the deck.)


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« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2015, 06:19:37 PM »
Yeah,  I would use the glass jar for fermentation only, then put it in 2 liter bottle for freezing. I tried the one bottle of cider I had, and got about two shot glasses worth out of it.  I'm trying your way this week,  thanks and 17.

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2015, 07:59:11 PM »
When making apple jack it is worth using a strong cider at like 10%. That way, if you're aiming for say 20% you get more apple jack out of it compared to a standard 6% cider.
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Re: Applejack
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2015, 10:07:39 PM »
I'm not sure what you folks are doing, because I get a lot more than 2 shot glasses from a 2L bottle of 18% ABV hard cider. This is the easiest beverage in the world to make. I think my writing directions on this thread twice has confused some folks. Sorry about that!
Maybe one of these days craigtube will get around to making the video he promised. But then you will only have hard cider, so he will need to make another video on Applejack. And as busy as he is, well, drink beer. Everybody happy?

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2015, 10:12:22 AM »
steamyb when i have done it I got like 9oz out of a 1 liter bottle.
like you said its easy :D just put some cider in a plastic bottle and freeze.
i sanitize a tall beer glass and the top of the bottle then invert it on top of the beer glass.
usually i put it near me so i can see when the ice turns white.
then transfer to a bottle and keep it cold :) then the best part drink it 8)
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« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2015, 12:11:23 PM »
That's what I'm talkin' about- Combat32 has it. Now try the crushed ice and a shot of lime in a 12 oz glass. The lime cuts any sweetness that the yeast didn't eat and it's a potent drink- so no heavy equipment operation, driving, etc.
Some of you can still run the dishwasher, vacuum, etc. heh, heh
Anyone that still uses a hydrometer out there- I am curious what the ABV% is on the cider from Pat Mack (He supplied a chart with the kit but, I don't know). And I would be interested in the Applejack %ABVs. Just wondering, since I only use a thermometer to brew with these days. 17!

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« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2015, 08:00:55 AM »

I'm not sure what you folks are doing, because I get a lot more than 2 shot glasses from a 2L bottle of 18% ABV hard cider. This is the easiest beverage in the world to make. I think my writing directions on this thread twice has confused some folks. Sorry about that!
Maybe one of these days craigtube will get around to making the video he promised. But then you will only have hard cider, so he will need to make another video on Applejack. And as busy as he is, well, drink beer. Everybody happy?
that was one 12 oz bottle of cider I made. 17

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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2015, 08:03:40 AM »
I have a few packs of us-05 yeast,  do you think this would work or go with a Nottingham or cider yeast?  Thanks  17

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« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2015, 09:23:20 AM »
If you don't have Pat Mack's Yeast- go with a wine yeast. You want the max ABV you can get, and beer yeast will play out and leave you with a real sweet hard cider (think apple juice with a little kick to it). With wine yeast, it will ferment all the sugars and give you 15-18% ABV. When you freeze the water out, it concentrates the alcohol, so it's great for sipping. Yesterday, I added to my Applejack bottle and since I was drinking coffee, I wanted a taste of the new blend. Filling that coffee cup up with the new Applejack cost me the morning. I was snookered until lunch. It's good stuff.

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Thanks!   17

 

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