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Old 03-06-2010, 04:57 PM   #1
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Default First Try at Hard Cider Tastes Bad :(

Ok, so I just racked 2 gallons of hard cider that I made using a friend's process that has worked for him consistently and my wine tastes like crap. One gallon tastes really harsh and the other has a mix of harshness with a hint of skunky beer.....

Any thoughts on what went wrong? Is there a way to make it taste better? Or is it just shot?

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Old 03-06-2010, 05:00 PM   #2
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Let it age for a year and then taste it.

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Old 03-06-2010, 05:13 PM   #3
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LoL, a year? For some apple cider wine? My buddy does batches in 5-8 week chunks and it always comes out great.

Did I screw something up?

I followed the most basic process of pitching in gallon jugs with airlock, letting ferment, then racking.

It's terrible .

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Old 03-06-2010, 06:01 PM   #4
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Trust me, just let it be for a while and then try. What yeast did you use?

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Old 03-06-2010, 10:38 PM   #5
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Cotes de blancs.

I'll take your advice. Hopefully at least 1 gallon turns out alright. One just tastes very strong and bitter, the other one is straight wretched.

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Old 03-06-2010, 10:42 PM   #6
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I agree with Jed, 6 months to a year and it will probably be the best cider you ever tasted, and EVEN BETTER than the 5-8 week swill your buddy makes. Or at least you will be calling his swill after you taste yours.

Most folks wont even touch my ciders until it's been a minimum year, then the love it.

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I wasn't really looking for gourmet ha ha. For me, keeping jugs of undrinkable wine around for a year kind of defeats the purpose.

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Depends on what your purpose is. Winemaking is not a quick hobby. If your purpose is quick alcohol, there's shelves of it already done at Walmart. If your purpose is to make something tasty yourself, it will take a while. I started out quite impatient myself, but I'm beginning to have some stuff that's been around long enough to start to taste quite good. I'm starting to understand why all the talk of patience on here. Don't worry, it will be rewarded.

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Old 03-08-2010, 06:39 PM   #9
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My purpose is making it myself. My point is, if my friends consistently make a tasty beverage within 5 weeks time, obviously something went wrong with my batch.

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My purpose is making it myself. My point is, if my friends consistently make a tasty beverage within 5 weeks time, obviously something went wrong with my batch.
Without knowing your recipe/process, it's kinda tough to offer any advice. Regards, GF.
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