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Old 03-01-2012, 01:25 AM   #1
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Just tasted a 1 gallon cider that is 9 days along fg .999. Used lalvin rc 212. There is no hint of alcohol and it tastes flat and blah. Racked to secondary added 1 cup of concord grape juice. Anyone think this will improve or should it go down the drain? Its my first cider so i wont be bummed if its gotta go.

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Old 03-01-2012, 01:33 AM   #2
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IMO it's wayyyy too young to make a call to dump it. Lots of ciders take several months to start tasting good.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-i-love-apfelwein-14860/

Also you mentioned it was flat - you will have to prime it before you bottle for it to have carbonation.

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Old 03-01-2012, 01:40 AM   #3
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You think bottle it soon?
Flat, I really meant no depth of flavor or anything just blah.

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Old 03-01-2012, 01:44 AM   #4
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You think bottle it soon?
Flat, I really meant no depth of flavor or anything just blah.
Ah, gotcha.

Perhaps add some Apple Juice concentrate? That should both bump the ABV and flavor by a quite a bit.

If it were me, I wouldn't bottle until its sat in the fermentor for at least 2-3 weeks. Itll help things settle and flavors will round out a bit.
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What was your SG? That along with your FG will tell you the alcohol content.

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Have the yeast even dropped out yet? Mine usually stick around for a month or two...then they start dropping and it's crystal clear in a matter of hours.

Time is your friend. Unless you need the space, no extra cost to letting it sit for 3, 6, 12 months and seeing what happens.

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What was your SG?
Probably the most significant question posed on this thread yet
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It was 1.049. I had 1 cup of dried currants also in the primary.

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I've never had a SG that low - I'm usually in the 1.060-1.075ish range. I believe your yeast still has a lot of life left in it. Adding additional fermentable sweeteners, bottling & pasteurizing after 4-5 days will probably produce a tasty cider in a couple of months. Whatever you do, don't dump it.

Edit: Changed order.

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Personally, I think the most damage you did was to add grape juice. I mean, if you don't care what it turns out as, grape juice is fine. However, if you had a preconceived notion of what your cider was to taste like...you just ruined it.

The problem most people make, with regard to cider, is that they don't have patience...cider and patience go together like Republicans and homophobia.

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