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Old 06-02-2009, 12:33 PM   #1
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Hi,

I had a demijohn kicking about the house so decided to try and make some cider in that.

Thouroghly sterlised the bottle first. Then I put

4 litres of 100% apple juice from concentrate,
50g of brewing sugar
1 tsb bread yeast.

I know bread yeast is not the way to go but was just doing an experiment with what i had, if it works out ok i will get proper yeast next time.

SO, I Shook the thing to death then placed an airlock on with a tad of vodka.

I woke up the next day to find the thing bubbling away nicely. I am now on the thrid day and still going so all is good i think.

My question is how long roughly should i be leaving it in the demijohn before drinking it. I was thinking a month would this seem feasible.

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Old 06-02-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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Leave it in until it reaches its FG just like anything else you brew up. Then rack and allow to age for the best results. I would bet it will end up fairly dry and take some time to mellow out. Although I don't know the stats of bread yeast.

Short answer it should be done in a month, but you might wanna wait a little longer.

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Old 06-02-2009, 01:34 PM   #3
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I did almost the same recipe back in April. I didn't have any brewing yeast on hand so I tried some of my roommates baking yeast.

First thing you need to know, its that it will be good. It will have a light taste, with an EXTREMLY DRY finish.

I used 2 cups of Dextros for 3.5 L (call it a Gal) and it fermented and cleared in about 14 days. I only let it age 5 days at it was Victoria Day (Canadian National Holiday) and everyone at my BBQ wanted to try it.

From what I have read, traditional style bakers yeast ferments out at around 10%. This must have been closer to 15% though, because one glass and I things got nice and comfy.

Ah! Now I'm excited for my cider to come up!

Anyhow, unless you are looking for a specific FG, I would leave it in the Demi-John untill it clears - then wait 3 or 4 more days. Rack for a week or two and have at it.

I'm new to all this two, so let me know how it turns out.

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Old 06-02-2009, 02:04 PM   #4
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thanks for response.

sorry but new to this what you mean by racking it?

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thanks for response.

sorry but new to this what you mean by racking it?
Transferring the original batch out off of the dead yeast into another vessel to age and clarify.
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:53 AM   #6
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thought that was it just making sure cheers

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