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Old 03-16-2006, 05:28 PM   #1
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What is the best to get and what is ACTUALLY in them!?
what else do i need to purchase

im a newbie to all this and just decided wanna give it a go

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Old 03-16-2006, 06:38 PM   #2
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http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/item2024.htm

how is this?
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Old 03-16-2006, 10:06 PM   #3
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What is the best to get and what is ACTUALLY in them!?
what else do i need to purchase

im a newbie to all this and just decided wanna give it a go
I don't know about all cider kits but all that was in my last one was apple juice concentrate. But it still worked out far cheaper than buying the equivalent amount of apple juice/AJ concentrate...and it came with yeast.

You'll want to add about 1 kg of dextrose, maybe more depending on how much alcohol you want. And some cider or ale yeast, possible champagne yeast if you want a really dry cider.

I don't know if you have the rest of the equipment but seeing as you posted that link with the barrell and and stuff I'll assume you don't.

The equipment that is essential is:

* Fermenting barrel (food grade plastic) that can hold more than 5 gallons/24 L
* A lid for this barrel that is air tight, and an air lock.
* A tap for the barrel
* A bottling cane
* Bottle capper
* Bottle caps
* Bottles
* Sanitising solution (household bleach can be used if you have to)
* Hydrometer - not essential but handy to have, interesting too.

I think that's pretty much it.
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Old 03-16-2006, 10:28 PM   #4
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You could try that kit - you will have fun.
Next time you'd probably be better finding a local home brew shop to get equipment and decent yeast (neither will cost you the earth) and thinking about using 'real' apple juice (if you can find it or crush your own) or concentrate. You'll continue having fun and you'll also be able to taste the improvements in your brews.

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What Caplan said. There's nothing to making cider. We used to make it every year by pressing a bunch of apples and tossing in champagne yeast. That's it. There's no need for a kit. It's the simplest fermented beverage you can possibly make. The end quality is all about the quality of juice you use, so look for a good local organic apple grower who sells cider. At harvest time, you can usually find some great stuff.

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Yeah Janx is right the quality in effects the quality of end product, however if you don't have and handy apple growers the kits are fine but a bit of extra apple juice in the mix never goes astray and adds to the flavour.
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Old 03-21-2006, 08:18 AM   #7
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I bought my kit all on internet, at http://www.leeners.com/

I had to add some things to the small kit, but they have everything you'd need, and I got all for less than $50

not the only place of course

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I agree with Caplan, CIder is BEYOND easy. The hardest part of making cider is to force yourself to wait the appropriate length of time befor ya drink it. If you try and drink it too early you are gonna be VERY disapointed. I almost threw my first batch out because it tasted like absolute dog sh1t but let it sit a bit longer and WOW it's great now.

Your best bet is to wait until fall and find a orchard somewhere and wait for them to start seling their jucie/non hard cider at low prices. Buy up a bunch then make your cider and make your hard cider. Let it sit all winter and spring so when summer rolls around you'll be in hard cider heven.

I'm getting ready to make another batch real soon so I have some for the fall as we speak AND made a special batch last fall that will sit until Christmas this year befor I open any.

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Austin seems to have a Cider kit... wonder if its any good...

https://www.austinhomebrew.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=cider&osCsid=8 c71acdac2bc118859ecf1862b4bf40f

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I agree with Caplan, CIder is BEYOND easy. The hardest part of making cider is to force yourself to wait the appropriate length of time befor ya drink it. If you try and drink it too early you are gonna be VERY disapointed. I almost threw my first batch out because it tasted like absolute dog sh1t but let it sit a bit longer and WOW it's great now.
How long is that? I made some back in October and it tasted awful also. I haven't had one since January. Do you think it's good yet?
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