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Old 09-08-2006, 07:55 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I'm new to brewing and looking to start a batch of cider.

I purchaced:
2 1gallon jars of juice
2 packets of Montrachet yeast
2lbs honey

Im planning on adding about a pound of honey to each jar but I have no idea how much yeast to use. The packet says for up to 5 gallons but is that to much for my 1 gallon jars?

Any advice would be great before I mess this up.

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Old 09-08-2006, 09:03 PM   #2
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you could probably split one packet into the two batches. If you put one in each it wouldn't be a problem, but you don't need to use that much.

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Old 09-09-2006, 03:02 AM   #3
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Thanx for the reply. What is the best way to get the honey in the cider? Should I use a part of the juice to disolve the honey?

Thanx again
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Old 09-09-2006, 03:28 PM   #4
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Yes, split one pack between the 2 batches as sconnie suggested. And yes, dissolve the honey using part (but not all) of the juice. Bring it quickly up to the boil for a few moments, turn it off and let it cool. Skim off any waxy deposits and you can then add it back to the rest of the juice.

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Old 09-12-2006, 03:51 PM   #5
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Hey thanx again for the advice! Got it bottled and today it started to bubble! Thanx again.

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Old 09-26-2006, 07:10 PM   #6
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Well its been in primary for two weeks now and last night I racked it and tried a sample. I am suprised by the flavor! Not what I expected at all. Now dont get me wrong I'm in no way disapointed, but what I tasted was a dry white wine, slighty fruity but not sweet at all.

So here is the question, What now? Any suggestion on aging? I had considered leaving it iin secondary for another week or so but there doesnt seem to be much movment in the airlocks.

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Old 09-26-2006, 10:54 PM   #7
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You can bulk age your cider for another couple of months in your secondary if you want- this will allow some of the suspended bits fall out in the meantime before bottling. Or really, you could bottle and age if you know for a fact that it's done.
Either way, maybe let it sit in a cool area for around 2 months or so and you should have money.

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Old 10-04-2006, 09:15 PM   #8
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Well its in the bottle now. It looks great and tastes like a dry white wine with a slight apple hint. Gonna see how it ages in the bottle.

Thanx again for everyones advise.

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