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kylelarson 12-18-2012 07:33 PM

Best store bought juice for cider?
 
Getting ready to make my first cider, living in Phoenix we don't exactly have anywhere I know of to get fresh pressed cider. From everyone's experience is there a preferred brand of apple juice to use?

alpha224 12-18-2012 11:47 PM

I'm in no way an expert, but I bought store brand apple juice from Walmart when I made my last batch, and have been given great reviews from everyone that has tried it... though I am going to try and experiment with that juice and some fresh pressed apples on my next batch.

mrduna01 12-18-2012 11:49 PM

It all boils down to what additives and preservatives are in it more than brand I think but I don't have a lot of experience with cider. Hopefully others will chime in.

Gear101 12-18-2012 11:50 PM

I use the Sam's Club apple juice, but this time of the year there is fresh press apple cider everywhere.

Limited Visibility 12-18-2012 11:52 PM

I am also in the Phoenix/Glendale area... Does anyone know where to find some fresh pressed apple cider around this desert?

jakenbacon 12-18-2012 11:52 PM

I am literally drinking some of my cider that's about 6 months old and it is fantastic. I also live in phoenix and got 100% pressed apple juice (cider) from Fresh and Easy. They have a variety of 100% juices there. When I transferred to secondary I added a half gallon of cran-raspberry juice as well. turned out nice.....

kylelarson 12-19-2012 02:09 PM

Yea I am seeing a lot of the pressed cider in stores now. Noticed on the labels they have some preservatives in them, I'm assuming to kill the natural yeast. Any idea how this would affect flavor/fermenting?

Gear101 12-19-2012 02:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jakenbacon (Post 4695854)
I am literally drinking some of my cider that's about 6 months old and it is fantastic. I also live in phoenix and got 100% pressed apple juice (cider) from Fresh and Easy. They have a variety of 100% juices there. When I transferred to secondary I added a half gallon of cran-raspberry juice as well. turned out nice.....

Not too long ago, someone on the board sent a bottle of peach/cider to me, add two cans of peached per five gallons. Really good, I have 10 gallons setting right now.

danbrewtan 12-19-2012 02:18 PM

I live in Texas and I can always find some legit pressed apple cider at the store. As long as it is pasteurized and does NOT have preservatives, it's worked great for me. I even use it to back sweeten! It's usually a golden brown colored juice in the half gallon jugs with some amount of sediment at the bottom. That's the good stuff!

luke_d 12-19-2012 06:04 PM

So the fresh pressed, unfiltered stuff is better for making hard cider/hard sparkling cider? I've got a one gallon batch in which I used the fresh apple cider,that's been bottled and in the fridge for about two weeks now. It tastes alright, will it get better with age?


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