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Re: Applejack
« Reply #45 on: September 07, 2015, 03:38:58 AM »
Thanks, I'm going to try it tomorrow.

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #46 on: September 09, 2015, 09:52:28 AM »
Mine's not going too badly.

Unfortunately - the weekend I was doing this, my fridge DIED on me. I did have two passes done on half the AJ and one pass done on the rest, but one pass was not enough and the oxygen that was present completely ruined it.

The first half though must have been alcoholic enough to not get oxygen enriched, it was HEAPS darker in colour than the other lot too. I bottled it as quickly as I could and it cleared up nicelly with a rich amber colour.

It tastes great but it's a little acidic, I think that might balance out with time.
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Coffee stout '15
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Barleywine '14

Keg 1: Golden ale
Keg 2: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 3: Not-17 BIPA
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Re: Applejack
« Reply #47 on: September 30, 2015, 06:12:06 AM »
Well i finaly got around to makeing some apple jack the 5lts of cider i put in the freezer was so strong it never completely froze solid even after 2-3 weeks but the results are great no idea how strong it is but it taste's like apple brandy.  ;D



I think i am going to bolltle a bunch up and give them away at xmass as stocking fillers in some little glass bottles i have knocking around.

« Last Edit: September 30, 2015, 06:33:56 AM by cooperman666 »

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #48 on: September 30, 2015, 06:52:29 AM »
"Well i finaly got around to makeing some apple jack the 5lts of cider i put in the freezer was so strong it never completely froze solid even after 2-3 weeks but the results are great no idea how strong it is but it taste's like apple brandy.  ;D"
Sounds like you got it right!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applejack_%28beverage%29
I'm not too keen on hard apple cider, but applejack warms me going down, and is smoother than many traditional 'sipping' alcohols.
Also, with the Pat Mack's Caps, this is the easiest thing to make. I buy the cheapest (usually the store brand) apple juice concentrate when I see it's on sale so I can keep some in stock. Then, as my applejack jug slowly empties, I'll make some hard cider with PMCs and a 2 Ltr plastic soda bottle. In about 2 weeks, I put one in the freezer for a couple days. It is then inverted on top of the applejack jug. Since the water is frozen, only the applejack runs down into the jug. When the clear ice is left in the soda bottle, my applejack jug just increased by about a third. I'm using a half gallon jug so it fits in the door of the fridge. 'Apple Brandy' is a good description, but this method is easy and legal in the US. Good job! 17!

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #49 on: September 30, 2015, 07:24:30 AM »
Dont know about the pat-cap's i generally like my cider flat like a scrumpy the pat-cap's add carbonation to the cider but i will give it a go i think i still have some caps around somewhere (it's definitely a fool prof way of makeing cider with the caps)
I currently dont have any fermenters spare at the moment so makeing cider in coke bolltes is a easyer way of doing it.

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #50 on: September 30, 2015, 09:12:11 AM »
"Well i finaly got around to makeing some apple jack the 5lts of cider i put in the freezer was so strong it never completely froze solid


Shitty freezer? :P


PS my applejack is drinking soooo good now that it's had a while to age. Acidity has dropped a whole lot. I'm going to leave it as long as I can before properly drinking it.
« Last Edit: September 30, 2015, 09:13:57 AM by DamoNinja »
Fermenting:
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Bottle aging:
Oaked sour ale '16
Coffee stout '15
Oaked apple cider '15
Barleywine '14

Keg 1: Golden ale
Keg 2: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 3: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 4: Mongrel //
Keg 5: EMPTY :(

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #51 on: September 30, 2015, 09:40:27 AM »
Nothing wrong with the freezer, alcohol won't freeze. Put the vodka in and see. That is an old trick to tell if the kids are in hooch and adding water back to the bottle to hide it from you. 17!

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #52 on: September 30, 2015, 10:50:48 AM »
"Well i finaly got around to makeing some apple jack the 5lts of cider i put in the freezer was so strong it never completely froze solid


Shitty freezer? :P


PS my applejack is drinking soooo good now that it's had a while to age. Acidity has dropped a whole lot. I'm going to leave it as long as I can before properly drinking it.


No it a good freezer there are 3 kinds of cider i make the drinking kind @ %8 the sleeping kind @ %10-12 and rocket fuel @+%16 (i call it more of a wine) mine must of been the +%16 stuff i used i broke my hydrometer at the time of makeing it so i dident get a reading from it.

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #53 on: September 30, 2015, 11:03:47 AM »
It is good to have a choice and to know what you want to do, walk, run, or fly.  17!

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #54 on: September 30, 2015, 12:17:20 PM »
It is good to have a choice and to know what you want to do, walk, run, or fly.  17!

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Yes thats a good way of looking at it lol i used to make a %14 cherry and apple cider i named it hard bastard as anyone who drank more than a pint of it whanted to fight the world ive stoped giveing that one out for obvious reasons and stoped makeing it.
Its a shame because it was a real smooth dry drink with a hint of sweet cherrys as a after taste....maybe i just need to stop giveing it to guests.

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #55 on: September 30, 2015, 12:22:28 PM »
IMHO- Make what you want, and only share if you want. KISS Principal applied. 17!

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #56 on: September 20, 2016, 11:34:17 PM »
So I have to ask seeing this topic seems to have died, did anyone ever figure our how to tell what ABV the new Applejack was if your cider was an ABV of say 10%
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Re: Applejack
« Reply #57 on: September 21, 2016, 07:37:16 PM »
So I have to ask seeing this topic seems to have died, did anyone ever figure our how to tell what ABV the new Applejack was if your cider was an ABV of say 10%

If it catches fire without being aerosolised you know it's at least 50%.

Best bet is after you've done it a few times, assume you've collected all the alcohol... So if you have 20L at 5% and catch 10L, your abv will be 10%.

Unfortunately because you do get some other residual stuff come down with it a hydrometer isn't 100% reliable either, but if you've fermented it bone dry you could use it as an alcometer if you had the appropriate markings.
Fermenting:
17 BIPA

Bottle aging:
Oaked sour ale '16
Coffee stout '15
Oaked apple cider '15
Barleywine '14

Keg 1: Golden ale
Keg 2: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 3: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 4: Mongrel //
Keg 5: EMPTY :(

Mini keg 1: Golden ale
Mini keg 2: Empty!
Mini keg 3: Damo's BIPA

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #58 on: September 22, 2016, 05:38:19 AM »
So I have to ask seeing this topic seems to have died, did anyone ever figure our how to tell what ABV the new Applejack was if your cider was an ABV of say 10%

IMHO- a hydrometer measures the 'thickness' of water, so when you take the original gravity reading (say 1.050), since water is 1.000- the difference between 1.050 and 1.000 is the thickness of the water because of the sugars (in the case of brewing). After the yeast has converted the sugars into CO2 and alcohol (which is thinner than water), your final gravity reading will end up being, for this example, a 1.012. This shows a change of 1.050 - 1,012 = .038,which on my hydrometer indicates an approximate potential alcohol by volume (ABV) of just less than 2%. Remember- a hydrometer measures the thickness of water, so the resulting approximate ABV is arrived at by mathematics. I usually just divide the resulting number by 2 and I am as close as the hydrometer.
 I don't use a hydrometer anymore because I could never 'hit' the target numbers and all I brew are experiments anyway. I measure gravity by how hard I hit the floor. If you want (and have the $), I am sure some science supplier has a gimmick to measure alcohol. I used to light moonshine and could tell by the colors in the flame what was in it (just like fireworks), it is 'fire water- kimosabe!).
So, to answer your question- no. The alcohol content does not double with each freezing- it is not a linear process and there are other concentrates (the apples) that also thicken the water for consideration. Just wiki 'freeze distillation' and waste half a day learning why this shit will put you on your ass if you have no self control. It is best sipped slowly and have a DD for emergencies. 17!

 

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