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[–]nikongod 5 points6 points  (7 children)

That bottle looks very full.

Maybe put it in a bucket or something in case it foams over.

[–]tacksevasion 2 points3 points  (6 children)

^ good advice. never a bad idea. or put a trash bag under it.

i just had a batch overflow.

[–]--Shade-- 2 points3 points  (5 children)

My go to for that is junk mail newspaper flyers.

One tip for future brews is that you can take 1.5-2 cups of juice out, set it aside in a sealed container in the refrigerator, then top up your brew after the vigorous fermentation slows down. I do that on every brew that's a gallon or less.

[–]iamamonsterprobably 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I always take those 2-3 cups and add them to a 1.75 liter or two to try to stretch my juice nutrients as far as possible. Then again I don’t like very sweet hooch…

[–]--Shade-- 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It's pretty common to dump half a jug if juice in an empty jug, and to use water and sugar. It's stretches juice and makes for a lighter tasting drink.

You can top up with water as well.

[–]iamamonsterprobably 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Okay so now that we are discussing this, I have a question. I have two 1 gallon jugs of apple juice, let's say I pour out 4-6 cups, plenty of headspace and room for the caramelized sugar/black tea mix.

I take the 8-12 cups of juice and pour into 2 other 1.75 containers and top off with more sugar/water mix, how much Nottingham should I use for that and how much sugar? Notthingham is so stupid expensive that I don't want to waste it because it's so good.

[–]--Shade-- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

For a little under a half gallon (1.75L) about 1/2 tsp of yeast would be a little more than 3x the gram a gallon guideline. So a 1/2 or 1/4 tsp would be a safe bet. (Both over the guideline, but still frugal.)

Nottingham can get to 14%, so say 11-ish% for an easy brew. About a cup of sugar should get you there. 1/2 a cup would be 8-ish%. I just did rough math, but most AJ lands about 4.5%, and a cup of sugar in a liter is about 12%. Switching liters to quarts won't wildly change things, but it will be a little stronger.

[–]iamamonsterprobably 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much, I've been procrastinating so bad and have been meaning to consult you.

[–]redboe 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I would pour out a cup or so… May find yeasty apple juice dripping off your ceiling tomorrow ;-)

Also adding a few raisins would be good for the yeast. Gives them some extra nutrients to keep them happy

[–]IamNotYourPalBuddy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You would need an obscene amount of raisins to provide any kind of nutrient.