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Old 12-18-2012, 04:59 AM   #1
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Default 3rd cider, hopefully 1st success

I made 2 single gallon batches of cider this summer and spiced them with cinnamon and nutmeg, they both tasted terrible, mostly like nutmeg. So I've gone minimalist and just put 4 gallons of sweet cider in my Carboy with a pack of ec-1118 in there. It seemed like a good choice, anyone used it for cider? Well I'm counting on this batch to redeem my crappy summer ciders.

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:10 AM   #2
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I have to say I have stayed away from cider. I did one from mr. Beer and it tasted like crap. I kind of got turned off by it. I would love to make another one, my wife will not drink beer. Let me know how it turns out.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:55 AM   #3
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I've been told to start out with just juice first. Coincidentally, that's what I did on MY third batch.

The first two batches had added sugars to boost the ABV, but I my third has an ABV of 8.15% from pure cider. My second batch was a pretty big hit with my friends, and the first was okay... more of an apple wine at almost 11% ABV.

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Yea that's what I want a apple wine taste. I'll have to just play with it more.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #5
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So far so good, I transferred my cider to a secondary last night, it's at 6.5 % ABV right now and I'm giving it a week or two to clarify. Then I'll bottle it. It's very tasty right now though.

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I have a successful cider. Bottled it still today, and put a gallon jug in the fridge, it's fairly light, not too dry. Still has some apple flavor. I like it, on my 3rd glass tonight and enjoying it.

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I made 2 single gallon batches of cider this summer and spiced them with cinnamon and nutmeg, they both tasted terrible, mostly like nutmeg. So I've gone minimalist and just put 4 gallons of sweet cider in my Carboy with a pack of ec-1118 in there. It seemed like a good choice, anyone used it for cider? Well I'm counting on this batch to redeem my crappy summer ciders.
I've used EC-1118 for a handful of ciders. To me, it creates a very clean but bland cider. The only flavors I've been able to detect are a little residual tannin and tartness but no real apple character.

I think ale yeast tend to lend more character to the cider. S-04 and S-05 are both good basic candidates. I've also had good results with D-47 wine yeast, which came across as fruitier than EC-1118. WY-4766 cider yeast is also a good choice. Decent results with a couple other randoms (California Lager WY-2212, London ESB WY-1968, Ardennes WY-3522, etc) too.
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