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Old 02-01-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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i have a jug of apple juice with no preservatives, i think my champagn yeast is coming in the mail today so i wanna start my first batch tonight. i have a recipe that calls for one cup of sugar, does this sound right? i wanna get the most alcahol content i can. i have no way to check it cause this is all new to me.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:05 PM   #2
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What is the jug? 16oz, 32oz, 64oz, gallon? I made 2 gallons, and used 2 cups of sugar. Gravity started at 1074, and i ended up with 9.7% alcohol.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:16 PM   #3
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one gallon

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Ok 1 cup should be enough, but it's up to you how much alcohol you want. Mix the 1 cup of sugar with the apple juice well, then take a gravity reading. At that point, decide whether you want it higher or not. If so, then add another 1/4 cup and repeat.

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Also, if you want to be over 10%, you may want to shoot for 1.080 or higher starting gravity.

Here's a good watch on it, if you are bored

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I am not sure for what type of cider you are aiming. But I would use around .6 lbs of sugar and if you going for still cider (no baubles) I would use wine yeast not champagne. For me the champagne yeast creates nice looking cider but it give a kick like champagne would do and hangover is bad. I am no export just a nob that tried making strong cider

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:23 PM   #7
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I used champagne yeast and half a cup of sugar and after 3 weeks it's rough to drink. Tastes very yeasty and strong, hoping that aging will mellow it out. I get the impression of a champagne kick using this yeast like ajoha2003 said

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More sugar = more alcohol. You can go up to 1lbs per gallon and still have the champagne yeast be fine, but it will taste pretty rough and boozy for a while. I'll be the odd man out and say that IMO champagne yeast is a great choice for cider.

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well i mixed it up so we will see how it turns out in a few weeks, i put all of a cup of sugar, maybe a little more than a cup. i guess i let it sit till the baloon contracts and then put it int he fridge huh?

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well i mixed it up so we will see how it turns out in a few weeks, i put all of a cup of sugar, maybe a little more than a cup. i guess i let it sit till the baloon contracts and then put it int he fridge huh?
Do you own a hydrometer? I pour the apple juice in my container, and then a little into my hydrometer jar, and test the apple juice by itself first. Then I add most of my sugar, shake it up a ton, and then take another reading to see if I'm at my desired gravity reading. My first batch, started at 1.074, ended at 1.000. Next time I will probably get it a little above 1.080.

Once your gravity is around 1.000 or lower, then you are good to rack it again, bottle it, or put it in the fridge, up to you.
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