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Old 12-09-2009, 06:03 PM   #11
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No Name/Sans Nom Apple Juice from No Frills (Canadian brand).

I can't remember the exact price but I seem to remember a 5 gal batch costing $18 bucks. Yeah... things cost more in Canada...

For my next batch I'm going to try Tree Top, I've heard good things.

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Old 12-09-2009, 06:05 PM   #12
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Motts - 5 Gallons, 2 lbs brown sugar, back sweeten with concentrate as needed. (up to a can and a half would be sufficient.) If i want a little extra spice ill put some cinnimon in it. I may consider a little coriander seed as well.

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Old 12-09-2009, 07:57 PM   #13
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I've made two 5 gal batches according to Ed's recipe. The first was just 5 gallons Mott's apple juice & it turned out pretty good. I got more color & apple flavor from 2 gallons Mott's apple juice with 3 gallons Musselman's apple cider.

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Here's a question. My fermentation on my first batch seems to have died out at about 1.009. I know it's supposed to ferment out under 1 usually right? Any idea what the culprit could be?

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Here's a question. My fermentation on my first batch seems to have died out at about 1.009. I know it's supposed to ferment out under 1 usually right? Any idea what the culprit could be?
Might be the temp, if it's lower now, try warming things up a little; maybe give it a gentle swirl or two. Regards, GF.
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:45 AM   #16
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I have alot of fresh cider available in my area. What experiences have been had using fresh cider over apple juice. Any preference? I could do either way.

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I am excited about trying this.

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Brands I've used:

Treetop (3-apple blend and normal), Motts, Target brand, First Street (Smart & Final), Kirkland (Costco), Albertsons (clear and unfiltered), Simply Apple, Trader Joe's (McIntosh, Gravenstein and Fresh Press, Used the unfiltered stuff too, but it's discontinued now), Martinelli's, Mrs Gooch (Whole Foods).

So Far the Martinelli's has been the best, but it's a bit expensive (although on sale for $5 a gallon at Costco right now), after that it's the Trader Joe's Fresh Press. Treetop is middle of the road, Kirkland is not from concentrate, but lacks in the acid and tannin department. Wost has been the Smart & Final stuff.

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We have used a mix of Mrs Gooches (Whole Foods) and Tree Top concentrate. Doesn't clear to quickly, but comes out OK. The last batch (experiment) we used only Tree Top concentrate, it cleared very quickly, but lacked a little on the apple complexity compared to using the Gooches's stuff...

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I have alot of fresh cider available in my area. What experiences have been had using fresh cider over apple juice. Any preference? I could do either way.

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My first batch was with fresh cider from the orchard but I found it tasted pretty much the same as my store bought juice. Juice is just cider that has gone through a filtering process.
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I kicked off two batches on 10/20 - one using Mott's and one using Kirkland (Costco store brand). They're still young, but the Kirkland definitely has a more pronounced apple flavor and seems a bit smoother.

They're both going to age for a while longer, but at this point the next batch is looking like it will be with the Kirkland juice.

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