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    Home Brewing

    Does anybody here have any experience with home brewing? A close friend of mine recently purchased a property with a large air conditioned outbuilding behind his house, and we've always talked about brewing a lager or hard apple cider. Specifically, does anyone know if apple skins are really a viable source of yeast?

    So please, talk about your experiences with home brewing and share some pictures or insights.

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    Many Norwegians make a simple cider with just apple juice and wine or cider yeast. They add water and sugar.
    Havn't tried it myself. I've made wine from blueberry, it gives the wine a really good color.

    And I brewed "dunder" with Valfar from Windir's recipie, but it's not good. Basically you are brewing what they distill to make moonshine here.

    I'd like to try to brew mead again.

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    I think you should shake/mix it much more than they did (as Ted Lundström said), and many tend to use wine yeast rather than regular baking yeast.


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    For the hard cider I was planning on using either ale yeast or the apple skins themselves for yeast, along with corn sugar for a higher alcohol level, then maybe throwing in some nutmeg and cinnamon. (and maybe some oak chips since I'm storing it in a plastic bucket - give it that authentic flavor)

    I've heard wine yeast is great for some things, but it can absorb a lot of sugar and take the sweetness out, which isn't something I want in a hard cider. Of course, this all just stuff I've heard, nothing I've experienced, so if anyone can tell me better please do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandonkr View Post
    I've heard wine yeast is great for some things, but it can absorb a lot of sugar and take the sweetness out, which isn't something I want in a hard cider. Of course, this all just stuff I've heard, nothing I've experienced, so if anyone can tell me better please do.
    I know you can sweeten mead after it is finished (by adding more honey say), and I was reading that you can do the same with any alcoholic beverage:

    http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...ack_sweetening

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    It's all a process............

    Yes, you can sweeten Alcoholic beverages after homebrewing.........
    But you need to add Sorbate or a similar substance, to kill the fermentation, or the stuff will blow up your bottles.

    Read Home Brewing Talk, on line. Get a couple good Homebrewing books & study up on it before you try to muddle along.........It'll save you a lot of Mistakes and some cash wasted on the same.
    Have Fun!
    It requires some Knowledge.....but, "It Ain't Brain Surgery!"

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