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Old 12-24-2009, 12:38 AM   #1
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Problem: I have had some trouble getting my cider to "clear".

I've tried multiple rackings and aging.

Someone in a local brew shop said: "...because your cider was pasteurized it will NEVER clear."

Is that a true statement, or will pasteurized ciders clear as well?

Thanks for any input/advice.

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Old 12-24-2009, 12:46 AM   #2
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I brew with pasteurized juice all the time, and it clears as long as I remember to put in pectic enzyme. The one time I forgot, there was no clearing it.

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Old 12-24-2009, 01:02 AM   #3
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I brew with pasteurized juice all the time, and it clears as long as I remember to put in pectic enzyme. The one time I forgot, there was no clearing it.
Ahhh, so that's the secret. Thank you for responding so quickly and enlightening me on the subject. I'll be out tomorrow to purchase a bottle.

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It is a powder, not a liquid. Also, you may not have very good luck adding it this late in the game. It is one of those things that you add 12 hours before the yeast. I wrote a blog about it here: http://bycandlelightwinery.blogspot....ic-enzyme.html

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It also comes as a liquid.

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My test batches that I did w/ wholefoods apple juice all cleared after time. My big batches were with unpast. cider and they also all cleared well, they were cold crashed however

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It also depends on the pasteurization method. Heat will set pectins if the temperature is raised high enough, but some places will now UV pasteurize. I've never heard of UV pasteurized juice having pectin haze. Aside from using enzyme you can also use clarifiers like Sparkolloid, Super Clear KC, etc.

Also, don't use the carboy as a judge for clarity. Pour some into a glass and look through it.

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My test batches that I did w/ wholefoods apple juice all cleared after time. My big batches were with unpast. cider and they also all cleared well, they were cold crashed however
Whole Foods is exactly what I've been using. Get a glass jug out of the deal. Not the most ideal blend for cider, but it works.
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Most ciders I've made out turn out real cloudy, but I didn't really worry about it, they still tasted OK. I have no trouble in getting a beer to clear up, but the cider is stubborn.

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Whole Foods is exactly what I've been using. Get a glass jug out of the deal. Not the most ideal blend for cider, but it works.
Ok then.. I did not cold crash the whole foods juice, they just sat -- time is your friend, they will clear
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