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    Well, I finally invested in some proper form of temperature control other than looking at the LCD thermometer and fretting. I got a fridge delivered yesterday, now I'm making room for it in my bedroom. Err...the joys of college student living. We're going to throw together a cider to celebrate and ferment it with champagne yeast. It makes me feel like we're living dangerously. Also going to get another 5gal of cider and do cyser now that I've got this down. The local apple farm has delicious honeycrisps and sells a five gallon batch in-your-fermenter for $22! I'm so excited to finally get this together!

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    Excellent!

    BTW, I wish that I lived near your cider supplier! I have to go clear across the state to get my apple juice!!
    Na zdrowie!

    Wayne B.

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    Wayne, I don't need more reasons to wax poetic about this place, but the farms just rock. It's a small-medium city (~60k people) in the way I like. There's a farm two miles down the road - it's actually closer to downtown than me and I'm not even out of city limits. I LOVE it. Ten, maybe twelve miles north of here, is the apple orchard.

    Coupled with the fact that we have two nationally-acclaimed brewpubs in town, a good brew shop, a meadery (which I have yet to go to - sacrilege, I know)...I'm kinda in heaven and have been since I turned 21 a few years ago.

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    Where are you? I've gotta trip to plan....
    Na zdrowie!

    Wayne B.

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    I scored some divine apple orchard honey while I was in New York in September: it's bubbling away in one of my secondaries as I write this side note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayneb View Post
    Where are you? I've gotta trip to plan....
    Bellingham, WA -- it's just short of the USA/Canadian border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corcis View Post
    Bellingham, WA -- it's just short of the USA/Canadian border.
    What's the name of the orchard? I live just down the road in Arlington, well to be more precise I live in Smoky Point.

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    Bellewood Acres. If you take I-5 up to Bellingham, hop off on the Guide Meridian exit, turn right on Ten Mile Rd. They said they will take a fermenter and hold it until their next pressing, then will stick it in their fridge for a few days; price is $4.50 a gallon if you do this. Even if you just buy cider in gallon jugs, it's $5.50 a gallon, which is a steal.

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    We have a great orchard (Steele Orchard) just an hour north of us, they press a blend for our hard ciders that includes Honey Crisp, Jonagold, Pink Lady, and a small amount of wild apples (crabapples) that they harvest from their pollinizers.

    The blend creates a good balance of sweetness and acidity, and the wild apples add a bitterness that emulates some of the UK ciders I have tasted (Westons, Henneys).

    BTW, how are you controlling the temperature on the fridge?
    Vino,
    The only thing slower than the hand of a clock...is a bubbling airlock!

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    Item #40090 on NorthernBrewer and a Thermowell stopper added to the fridge.

    I am kind of worried the honeycrisp cider will be too sweet, but there're ways to change that once it's fermented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corcis View Post
    Item #40090 on NorthernBrewer
    Have you already bought it?
    Vino,
    The only thing slower than the hand of a clock...is a bubbling airlock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vino View Post
    Have you already bought it?
    Yes, though it's not here yet. Any particular reason you ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corcis View Post
    Yes, though it's not here yet. Any particular reason you ask?
    Have a couple laying around...would have sent you one.

    I use them on both my freezers (draft/fermentation) they work great. You can set the differential to +/- 1 degree, but their greatest feature is setting the cycle time so the fridge/freezer don't cycle off and on which can reduce the life of the compressor.
    Vino,
    The only thing slower than the hand of a clock...is a bubbling airlock!

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    Ooooooooo SNAP

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