Cider Brewing in Heat

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Cider Brewing in Heat

Post by a_friend_in_mead » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:35 am

I have a brother in the Caribbean and he cannot get cider there. So he wants to brew his own. Does anyone have any advise on a simple brewing setup in the sort of heat they have there year round?

Brewing gear is hard to ship over and cannot be bought over there so we will have to hack from everyday equipment. Thanks for any links or suggestions you have

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Re: Cider Brewing in Heat

Post by nigel_c » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:02 am

Simple 5 L water bottles will do the job. Easy to pick up. The big water bottles you get in offices would be better.

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Re: Cider Brewing in Heat

Post by a_friend_in_mead » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:06 am

And put them in the fridge? Fridge is 5 degrees outside 20+. Which is less bad?

Any particular yeast good for the cold conditions of a fridge or the hot conditions of not fridge?

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Re: Cider Brewing in Heat

Post by Taf » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:18 am

All he needs is a food grade bucket or two and juice, and ideally a temperature controlled fridge to combat the high local temperature. Champagne or cider yeast should be easy enough to post over to him. An stc1000 temp controller can be got on ebay for about €15. Very doable in my opinion, and probably lots of great local fruits to provide variety of flavour. Actually, do they grow apples in the carribean?

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Re: Cider Brewing in Heat

Post by a_friend_in_mead » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:25 am

there are mangos everywhere. And Papaya is very common. You even see the odd banana at the side of the road. Has anyone tried mango cider? Apples are not that common but you can get apple juice easily enough

So food grade bottle and a yeast in your fridge should produce ok results. And if he gets into it buy a more temperature controlled fridge?

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Re: Cider Brewing in Heat

Post by nigel_c » Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:55 pm

A swamp bucket could work as well. Sit the fermenter in a larger bucket full of water and swap out ice packs 2 or 3 times a day.

Could also build a fermentation chamber of polystyrene and keep a frozen water bottle inside. There are lots of designs on the web for easy to build chambers.

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Re: Cider Brewing in Heat

Post by Will_D » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:23 pm

Find out what voltage they are using for the fridge and buy him a STC-1000.

Post it out with the instructions/wiring diagram.

Also send him a few sachets of cider yeast and importantly some wine makeing nutrients.

He should be good to go.

If he makes a go of it, becomes a cider/mangocider making millionair then he can fly a few of us out as "consultants"
Drinking:........HBC AG Kit American APA
Pri Fermenting:..AG Paulaner
Sec Fermenting:..LaTrappe Dubbel, AG Pilsner, Aventius AG Clone
Kegged: .........Cider
To Brew:.........HoorsLite, Hefe Dunkel, Dark Pilsner

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