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  1. Thanks for the replies. I always take everything apart and wash it after every batch, and right before I start a new one. I use warm (not hot) water, and I never use anything abrasive. I've noticed, that no matter how much I clean it I can still smell the last batch. I'll pick up some Oxy clean, and give that a try.
  2. Please help! I just sampled a batch of cider that I made to find that it tasts mousey. This is the 4th batch in a row that's been Bad. I wash the fermentor with dish soap, rinse, then soak in StarSan sanitizer for 15 minutes before I use. I soak my equipment for 15 minutes as well. Do these fermentors get to a point where they cannot be sanitised?
  3. Thanks for the reply. I thought about using pre-made juice, but I want more control over the type of apple used. Will the containers say if there are preservatives? Or are they able to slip them in with out saying so?
  4. Hi, I am going to try and brew a cranberry-apple cider, and I thought I'd puree up some sweeter apples to balance out the tartness with the apple and the cranberries in the mix. I also found that my last batch of cider didn't have much flavor, so I thought adding some more apples would help. Would this be a bad idea? Has anyone used fresh fruit in a recipe with successful results? Thanks, Pat
  5. Thanks again for the replies. I never thought of the minerals in water affecting the brew. I'll use spring water next time. I guess I'll have to double the juice too. Are the other kits weak too? I've been wanting to order the "Strawberry Blond" Ale, but If I'm going to have to double the ingredients on that one too, it's going to get too expensive.
  6. Hi, thanks for the replies. I used distilled water for brewing, do you think spring water would be better? I called the people at Mr. Beer, and found that the cider yeasts needs higher temperatures to work. The room where I let everything ferment is between 65º and 68º. I brought the bottles out of cold storage (where I was conditioning them), warmed them up and added 3/4 of a teaspoon more sugar to the bottles. I'm going to let them sit for another week, and try to keep them warmer. Has any one else found the Mr Beer kits to be a little on the weak side?
  7. Hi, I just tried a bottle of my first brew, ant it was rather disappointing. I brewed the Archers Orchard blackberry-apple cider. I was very annal about having everything sanitized, and I let it ferment 3 weeks. For carbing, I used priming sugar (corn sugar) from the home brewers store and let it sit for 3 weeks, and it has conditioned for 1 week. Here's the problem. It tastes horrible. There is no apple or blackberry flavor to it at all. It tastes like a watered down Coors Light only a little sourer. There is very little carbonation, even though I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of priming sugar per bottle. The instructions said to use 1 1/3 teaspoons, but the measure didn't have 1/3 on it. The instructions for the beer say to use 2 1/2 teaspoons of priming sugar, so I'm wondering if there was a typo on the instructions. Is there any way to save this batch? Thanks, Pat
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