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Old 01-24-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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I bought a jug of unfiltered apple juice to make into cider.

Since it is most likely juiced from "eating" apples, would adding tannin and acid give it the elements a hard cider needs?

Does anyone have any suggested amounts I could start at, or should I just copy fruit wine addition amounts?

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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I bought a jug of unfiltered apple juice to make into cider.

Since it is most likely juiced from "eating" apples, would adding tannin and acid give it the elements a hard cider needs?

Does anyone have any suggested amounts I could start at, or should I just copy fruit wine addition amounts?
It might help give a more "cider" like taste to the juice.

I'd start with very very little tannin- like 1/8 teaspoon or less, mixed in with a bit of the juice. You can add this after fermentation, which is probably what I would do, and then wait a day and add more if needed. A little goes a LONG way.

For the acid blend, that is also to taste, so you can start with a very small amount and add it to taste. Maybe 1/2 teaspoon or so at first. Again, this can be done after fermentation also.
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Most sources I've read suggest that adding tannin earlier is better and results in a more well blended and balanced final produce. Obviously, this requires more experience since the cider will change dramatically during fermentation.

Can't say I've ever tested this scientifically though.

I agree that you should really start small with additions.

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add tannin before ferment. Do the adjustment of acidity (not pH, but acidity-to-taste), carefully, after the secondary.

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thanks guys. I have a winemaking book with a chapter on acid adjusting, and it was pretty informative. Ill definitely go easy with the tannin on this first batch and then make another with a bit more and see the difference.

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