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Old 09-05-2014, 01:07 AM   #11
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They might be watering it down a bit in an effort to stretch their profits. I'd ask them about it.
They MAY be watering down the pressed juice but the sugar content of apples may have something to do with the amount of rain and the average temperatures . I don't have access to Jolicoeur's book this evening but I do believe he discusses how the sugar content of apples is affected by the weather.
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:40 AM   #12
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They MAY be watering down the pressed juice but the sugar content of apples may have something to do with the amount of rain and the average temperatures . I don't have access to Jolicoeur's book this evening but I do believe he discusses how the sugar content of apples is affected by the weather.

Yeah I would agreed and also I'm wondering if the sugar content is low due to being extremely early in apple season. Not sure if that's how it works. Anyway I went with 6 gallons of the cider, 2lbs brown sugar and some fresh mulling spices and it's doing great so far! Just sampled after 2 days of fermentation and it's awesome.


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Old 09-05-2014, 12:51 PM   #13
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Its pretty early in the season. Also that cold winter probably delayed fruit by 2 to 3 weeks.

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Old 09-05-2014, 05:24 PM   #14
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End of fall apples tend to have a higher sugar content as things get colder than apples harvested earlier.

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Old 09-07-2014, 10:00 PM   #15
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Cryro concentrating is a great idea as the apple flavors are intensified I am sure. Frozen apple juice concentrate is very similar, and less work and less cost. If you want to go completely old school and freeze your own juice concentrate, you have my total respect. I do not live near any orchards, and the local (my neighbors, and mine) apple trees had a bumper crop of very small apples, making any sort of volume of juice very labor intensive. I will make a few gallons of fresh juice using the mix of apples available, and will need to ask SWMBO if she wants bottled cider made, or make some Apple Jack to be stashed away for a couple of years. Probably a little of both,

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