The Hard Cider Thread

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  1. Highbeam

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    Two other reasons I can think of to crown cap a swing top bottle in commercial brewing is tamper proofness and machinery. Simple machines put in crown caps but it takes a person to latch a swing cap.

    I use the standard bottle capper with the two handles that swing up and no base so it caps anything. You can fill a bottle from the keg and cap it for “legal” transport. Swing tops are considered “open containers” like a screw on lid for a whiskey bottle.
     
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    well you might want to check it out cause like i said... its a small operation and crown caps are installed by a person.
     
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    your capper will not cap a 16oz
     
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    why not? I’ve capped 12oz and 22 oz. It should cap anything the right size for standard caps.
     
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    Let me change that...."my capper will not cap 16oz" I see they make a two handle one that will but the one I have does not.im not going to buy another low quality two handle one that's made for 16oz.
    The necks are different
     
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    You would be a great candidate for a low cost kegging system. 5 gallon corny kegs, your standard welding bottle of CO2, a little regulator, and two days from fermenter to tummy! Can still bottle out of the keg for gifts or to bring to parties or save or whatever.
     
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    ive thought about it.....still thinking about it...
     
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    what about the backsweeten to you liking then keg/carb give to friend.....sits on shelf for 6 months and explodes?.....thats wher im at....i dont drink alot of cider but i like making it and giving it away
     
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    Every batch of cider I make gets a dose of potassium sorbate along with backsweetening as it goes into the keg. The sorbate prevents a new fermentation from starting according to the label so no bottle bombs! I too give a lot of 22 oz bottles away and I like to backsweeten with raspberry and ajc. D3CD4DF4-CC7A-4205-B855-B0503A2CE447.jpeg
     
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    Yummy, guava strawberry hard cider. The first 4 or so pints from the keg were a little pulpy but it’s clearer now. 6-7% abv.
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    Nice!!!
     
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    I had an air lock get clogged on a batch of mead that size. Talk about a mess!
     
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    I’ve had so many loads foam up and into the airlock that I now just run a blow off tube into a container of water in the sink. Makes your sink fill up with lovely smelling cider farts.
     
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    I had brewed a bunch of beer but this was my first mead. Fermentation was furious! We heard the pop while in bed. I had the carboy in my wife office:bug:
    I was able to scrape the shmeg off the walls but had to paint over the stuff on the textured ceiling! Boy was she pizzed! Still married me a week later:loco: :crazy:
     
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    lol!!
     
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