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  • Bottled it!

    My first batch of homebrew that is! In total, I got 44 bottles @ 500ml each. I now have to wait a further two weeks for the secondary fermentation process to do its job, then consume the results.

    I also completed the apple press this afternoon. I'm now in possession of a device capable of exerting eight tonnes of pressure onto anything hapless, or helpless, enough to be placed under the pressing plate. So far, I have only tested it on, a now rather flat, aerosol can. Hopefully, tomorrow will see it attacking the apples.

  • #2
    Originally posted by ChrisEdu View Post
    My first batch of homebrew that is! In total, I got 44 bottles @ 500ml each. I now have to wait a further two weeks for the secondary fermentation process to do its job, then consume the results.

    I also completed the apple press this afternoon. I'm now in possession of a device capable of exerting eight tonnes of pressure onto anything hapless, or helpless, enough to be placed under the pressing plate. So far, I have only tested it on, a now rather flat, aerosol can. Hopefully, tomorrow will see it attacking the apples.
    Too early to bring one up on Thursday then?

    Your apple press makes me think of the way one of the Terminators met his fate...........

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    • #3
      Well, four freezer bags of apple pulp had their date with my creation today. As I was pressed for time, it was all I could squeeze in - no point feeling depressed about it.

      Anyhow, 8T of pressure soon left the apples feeling flat and the juice pouring out and into the bucket. Turns out that you can get a lot of juice from a seemingly small quantity of apples, as from just this first session, I got just over 5 litres of juices, so no need to feel crushed about it.


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      • #4
        Second session of juicing today and another 6-7 litres of juice bottled. There is still enough pulp to produce at least another 7 litres of juice. I did actually try a bit of juice today and found it rather nice. Furthermore, when I emptied some frozen pulp out of the freezer bag, there was a sticky, syrupy residue left at the bottom of the bag. I tried this and found it was gorgeous!
        Anyhow, I have 2 more juicing sessions to go and then I can start the process of preparing the juice for fermentation. It should at least be a very merry start to the new year.

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        • #5
          I recall my first underage adventure with homebrew - i can still remember the shivers and hangover and have never touched it since! Good luck with the brew

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          • #6
            I'm sure my teenage sons won't complain!

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            • #7
              Our en-suite now smells very fruity. Not only have I got 6 gallons of cider fermenting up there, but I've also got a tropical fruits drink fermenting, having bought a load of fruit juice in the supermarket and pouring it into a fermentation barrel along with the necessary extra ingredients.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ChrisEdu View Post
                Our en-suite now smells very fruity. .
                Should stop eating the asparagus!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bfltd0 View Post

                  Should stop eating the asparagus!
                  I 'might' be slightly peculiar, but I actually quite like the smell of asparagus pee.

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                  • #10
                    Racked the cider yesterday (siphoned it to a new container), so took the opportunity to try some. Wowzers! It certainly warms the cockles as it travels through your body!

                    I now need to let it finish fermentation in its own time, before bottling it and letting it develop to maturity. As things stand now, though, it's all looking pretty promising.

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                    • #11
                      I've sampled two more of my concoctions this weekend and both have proven to be rather potent.

                      First up, my second box of bitter. This was bottled at the same time as the first box that I've been consuming. However, there was one major difference - after a while, I opened the bottles and added some extra yeast and dextrose. The purpose being to kickstart a second fermentation, meaning more alcohol and bubbles. Well, it certainly worked, maybe a little bit too well. The bottles have become distended and upon opening, huge amounts of CO2 are liberated, to the point where you have to bleed the gas over a period of about an hour! However, the result is very, very nice. After two bottles I was feeling rather soporific. I would certainly not have been disappointed to have bought a few pints at a bar.

                      Second to be sampled was my tropical fruits creation. This has been fermenting for a couple of weeks, or so, and was created with a Turbo yeast, claiming to be capable of delivering 20% alcohol. Well, having tried it today, I'd say that that might even be on the conservative side! The drink is like a wolf in sheep's clothing, appearing to be a lightly carbonated fruit punch, but delivering one hell of a kick once inside.

                      Such a shame you're all so very far away - we could have had a party!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ChrisEdu View Post
                        ...wolf in sheep's clothing, appearing to be a lightly carbonated fruit punch, but delivering one hell of a kick once inside.
                        Sounds like a great name for it! You should print off some labels and here's a logo for you

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                        • #13
                          Like the sound of the alcopop on steroids. Always had the same experience with Pimms - nice fruit punch with cucumber in to begin with, but by the end of the barbecue, you forget where you put the ability to move!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bfltd0 View Post
                            Like the sound of the alcopop on steroids. Always had the same experience with Pimms - nice fruit punch with cucumber in to begin with, but by the end of the barbecue, you forget where you put the ability to move!
                            LOL - it was very much like that, except it didn't even take one glass before things started to resemble something from a Dali painting.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by harb View Post

                              Sounds like a great name for it! You should print off some labels and here's a logo for you

                              I like it! One conundrum that the strength of the drink has created is in what to bottle it? I was going to use 500ml bottles with the beer bottle type caps, however I'm not so sure that drinking 500ml at a time would be such a good idea!

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