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    My first hard cider

    I decided to make some hard cider. I figured that if I'm making bacon and sausage and canning my own veggies, cider would be a good add to the homemade list. Here's what I started with, I wanted to do it on the cheap in case it didn't turn out. (More on this later)

    6 gallons of Kirkland 100% juice.
    20 oz Bubber's special Honey
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    I fermented in a bucket for 2 weeks. Stable gravity readings told me primary was done, I racked to a glass carboy for secondary and added some acid blend where it stayed for 8 weeks. I kegged it a week ago and put the CO2 to it. It's been quite drinkable so far. I've got a long way to go with my cider making, but this one will do and have it's official debut this weekend with the family. I couldn't be happier with the clarity.

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    I've got more batches going so there's more to come.
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    Sounds great bubber! We stick to wine making, but a friend tried his hand at hard cider last year. I think it's definitely like anything else, there is a learning curve. Our friend had trouble getting one batch to take the CO2, and the taste seemed to improve with age. Keep us posted.
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    If it's anything like your bacon, I might have to come down there and try it out.
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    I cheat and use Everclear. When we get our own apples, I'm going to work on learning how to do it the right way. I have about 5 years to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    If it's anything like your bacon, I might have to come down there and try it out.
    I really hope you liked it. Who knows, maybe next time I'm rolling through I can have bacon and a growler, or two of cider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Timber View Post
    I cheat and use Everclear. When we get our own apples, I'm going to work on learning how to do it the right way. I have about 5 years to go.
    I'm interested if you make it from your own apples and super interested if you choose to use natural yeast. I'll talk to you again in 2020!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    I really hope you liked it. Who knows, maybe next time I'm rolling through I can have bacon and a growler, or two of cider.
    Bring it!!!! The bacon was incredible. The smell of it cooking could bring a man to his knees.
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    I said that I wanted to make my first batch on the cheap. Well that **** went out the window when I decided to keg. I bought a freezer off of CraigsList then proceeded to stuff it full of a bunch of hardware. I didn't skimp on the hardware other than the fact that I used regular hose clamps and not oeitker clamps. Here it is...

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    I still need to run the power and gas through the wall, but it's close. I'm putting a fan in there as well. So much for cheaping out.
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    If it's worth doing, it's worth doing it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    If it's worth doing, it's worth doing it right.
    Perlic 630ss faucets and stainless shanks. It's all stainless once the cider passes the hose. I bought 100' of Bevlex and am running 10' to each faucet to start with. I'll grab a video when I pull the first pint.
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