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Old 11-15-2013, 02:00 AM   #51
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Apple juice and a fancy cider will both work and make a great hard cider. I always try to find a good quality cider to use because I think it does make a difference. Just depends how picky you are

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Old 11-16-2013, 06:39 AM   #52
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Cider is more cloudy and will finish more cloudy. No difference other than that.

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Old 11-25-2013, 07:27 AM   #53
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Kegged this tonight. Tasted it before the addition of the gallon of cider. It was very mild in apple flavor. After adding the gallon of cider it was delicious. I could have drank all 5 gallons right then!

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Old 11-26-2013, 01:39 PM   #54
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How soon and active did the fermentation start for some of you. I just pitched the Montrachet and yeast last night and I checked it this morning. There's just a hint of some foam at the surface right now.

I'm storing it in my keezer at about 64F. Is it possible that my yeast is too old? I've had it for a few years, but it's been refrigerated during that time.

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Old 11-26-2013, 01:55 PM   #55
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You should have thrown that yeast away a long time ago. Only time will tell if the yeast is still alive...

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Old 11-26-2013, 02:05 PM   #56
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Tried to find this out in a different location..

I'm about 4 weeks into my first batch of 2+ gallons. Used half filtered and half unfiltered AJ/C. Didn't know about measuring pH with cider and didn't add nutrients. Later found this yeast (M2) loves nutrients. On racking a week ago, the SG was 10.. down from 60. It's very cloudy.. same as when I pitched.

Also didn't know about Pectic Enzyme. So.. aside from that first paragraph.. Is it too late to pitch PE? I'd like mine to clarify.. at least somewhat. What about fining with gelatin? That works with beer.. but, I'd bet that what clouds the cider is different what clouds beer??

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Old 11-26-2013, 02:15 PM   #57
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Thanks, Lando.

I was afraid of that. I'll stop by the local brew shop and pick up some more today.

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Old 11-26-2013, 03:47 PM   #58
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I haven't experimented with the enzyme or gelatin so I'm not sure if they'll work for cider. I'm fine with my cider being cloudy. Wish I could help!

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I pitched some PE when I did my first batch about 3 weeks go. I added it to primary. It is the secondary now almost ready for bottling. Mine is still pretty cloudy. I don't know if I should of added more when I went to secondary but giving this my first batch I am not sure if it helped at all.

I don't think it will hurt if you add it in but I am not sure how much good it will do since you will not be able to mix it thoroughly.

I added the PE to the primary then I poured my cider pretty rough and fast so that I could get some aeration. I forgot to get the yeast nutrient so I figured I better give the yeast some air!

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