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Old 09-10-2013, 11:52 PM   #21
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Has anyone used this or have any idea of how much I should use to back sweeten?

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Old 10-05-2013, 05:03 PM   #22
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Default Questions on ph and fermenting vessel

I am going to use this recipe to make my first hard cider using fresh-pressed cider from a community pressing in which we primarily used "wild" apples.

My questions are:

  • Do I test the ph using a store bought ph strip? If it is too high or too low, how do I amend it?
  • For the primary fermenter (1 week), do I use a cloth covered bucket or an airlocked glass carboy? How about for secondary?

Thanks so much for your help! Off to the store to buy a few supplies.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:14 PM   #23
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Back from the brew supply store. I bought a lid that an airlock will fit into for my 5 gall. bucket, so this will be my primary. Hoping I'm doing that correctly (I'm only putting 2 gallons of juice in it).

My initial SG reading is only 1.040. Is that OK?

Will sterilize everything and pasteurize, etc., tomorrow.

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Old 10-06-2013, 09:23 AM   #24
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Has anyone kegged this recipe? If I place it in a keg, do I not need to worry about the pasteurization piece?

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Old 10-08-2013, 02:24 AM   #25
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I am going to use this recipe to make my first hard cider using fresh-pressed cider from a community pressing in which we primarily used "wild" apples.

My questions are:
  • Do I test the ph using a store bought ph strip? If it is too high or too low, how do I amend it?
  • For the primary fermenter (1 week), do I use a cloth covered bucket or an airlocked glass carboy? How about for secondary?

Thanks so much for your help! Off to the store to buy a few supplies.
I haven't worked with 'wild' apples yet (going to get some during my trip to CT!), but I've heard that you only need to adjust the pH sometimes. And when you do, you just need some maltic acid to bring the pH down to normal levels. I don't have my cider book in front of me, so I can't remember what normal levels are, but I bet a quick search would get you the info

Good luck!
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These instructions were exactly what I needed for my first hard cider.

My first batch of hard cider is fermenting in the closet. Thanks!

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Old 10-19-2013, 10:51 PM   #27
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I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but won't refrigeration halt carbonation? Is the pasteurization necessary?

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I haven't worked with 'wild' apples yet (going to get some during my trip to CT!), but I've heard that you only need to adjust the pH sometimes. And when you do, you just need some maltic acid to bring the pH down to normal levels. I don't have my cider book in front of me, so I can't remember what normal levels are, but I bet a quick search would get you the info Good luck!
I would like to know about good cider ph look in that book for me
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:19 PM   #29
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I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but won't refrigeration halt carbonation? Is the pasteurization necessary?
It will halt the yeast and it won't carbonate more. You do not need to pasteurize if you can keep all bottles cold but if you leave them at room temp, you will get bottle bombs.
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That isn't true... Sometimes it will still carb up in the fridge. Happened to me two different times with two different yeasts. But it takes a long time and it is a very slow process.

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