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Old 03-29-2012, 05:27 AM   #1
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Default First Cider - Proper Fermentation Times and Other Questions

I just recently got into brewing beer. I have a few friends who are averse to gluten so I decided to try a cider. I looked through this forum and the cider recipes forum and decided to go with this. Here is the list of ingredients I used:

2.5 gallon Safeway 100% Apple Juice
2 gallons Safeway 100% Apple Cider
0.5 gallons Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
23 oz 100% Pure Honey
1 tsp Yeast Nutrient
Lalvin EC-1118 Champagne Yeast

I mixed it all together. Heated up the honey in some water and added it. Pitched the yeast and let it sit.

OG was 1.052 on 3/21/12




So, fast-forward to now (3/28/12). I measured the gravity on Monday and it was 1.004 so it is almost done with the fermentation process. I plan on letting it sit for awhile longer but I would like to know how long I should let it sit and if there is anything special I should do with it? Obviously I need to wait until the fermentation is done (same SG readings on multiple days) but should I let it sit in the primary for longer? Should I rack to a secondary and let sit for longer? Should I bottle sometime soon?

I tasted it on Monday as well and it was VERY dry. It seriously tasted like a dry white wine. I will probably have to end up back-sweetening it at some point. Is this dryness something that should be expected? Is this common with the yeast strain I used?

Also, it smells really weird. Almost like boiled eggs. It doesn't taste like boiled eggs but it has a pretty distinct smell. There is no sign of an infection or anything like that so is this just the yeast doing work (and letting off weird smells)? Is it something I should be worried about?


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Old 03-30-2012, 05:44 AM   #2
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I am amazed that your og was so low. I work in gallon batches with just juice and honey, but this last batch I did with 1 gal. of juice and 6 oz. of honey gave me an og of 1.068 which would be close to your ratio unless I am missing something. If I were you at this point, I would cold crash it, take it off the lees(secondary or whatever) and let it sit for a bit to mellow. Then see if it needs some back sweetening.

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