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Old 12-06-2014, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default Havong a go at unpasteurized cider

I just began brewing my first batch of hard cider made with "Sams Club" cider a few days before Thanksgiving using EC1118 following the "Everyday Simplest Dry Cider" by Phug.
After spending way too many hours reading the forum here It seems like EC1118 and crappy cider from the store may not give me the best results.

So Ive been on the look out for some homemade cider straight from a orchard for the last week. After a few days and many orchards either not having any because of a fire or two others who have preservatives in their cider. I finally ran across a very small orchard named Dolls Orchard thats about 45 minutes away.
No preservatives and not even pasteurized for $5/gallon. After chatting a bit with the guy he said if i needed more he would cut the price another .50/gallon if i brought my own vessel next time. This is a mixed cider with Jonathan, golden delicious and i believe winesap.

No extra sugars at all just letting the juice to the work. The OG is 1.056 with what a appears to be around a 7% ABV.
After reading CvilleKevin's thread I decided this time I will be using Nottingham Ale as my yeast and use his method of cold crashing around 1.006 and 1.012. It make a lot of sense to cold crash at a certain sweetness instead of back sweetening like I will be doing with my first back with EC1118.
Had to run by a homebrew store since I only have one primary. They didnt have plastic carboys so I had to use glass.
Has me slightly concerned because I am a bit of a bull in a china shop at times but I just have to take extra care.

My hope is this batch might be drinkable much sooner than the EC1118 batch.
Really only thing I need is some bottles. I plan on bottling these I guess it depends on if the cold crashing works or not if I pasteurize.

I will update this as I go.

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Old 12-06-2014, 10:30 PM   #2
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Not sure why the photos are sideways. Sorry about that I tried fixing it but some reason I cant figure it out.

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Old 12-07-2014, 06:47 AM   #3
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Grab a plastic milk crate and put your carbon in it. It's a lot easier to move and less chance of bumping it or knocking it over.

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Old 12-07-2014, 08:21 AM   #4
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Sounds like reasonable mix of apples for Illinois, keep searching and you might find someone growing some cider apples specifically for cider. Are they any ciderworks in your area? The one near us sells a cidermakers blend of whatever they are pressing from real cidermaking apples. Make sure you take your new fried a bottle to try next time you go to chat them up. Sometimes the orchards will have just a few of the older kinds of trees that they planted for the heck of it so you might ask them what are all the kinds of apples they grow. WVMJ

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Mark thanks for great idea. Let me see if I can track one down. Not gonna lie I was a bit nervous carrying that thing down stairs.

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WVMJ good idea bringing a few bottles for the guy at the cider orchard. Especially since I will have over 100 bottles in a few months.

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Around 20 hours in and the action seems to have begun.
Temp as you can see is about 58-60. I have this sitting down in a basement bathroom to keep temps stable throughout the fermentation.
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:53 PM   #8
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Krausen really starting to pick up
after 72 hours.
Nice and steady temperature 62-64.
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I'm curious, why are you showing the red, white and green section of the hydrometer. Is that the scale you are using? Congrats on the fresh cider.

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The hydrometer has 5-6 different colors I guess those three are the colors that are between the 5 and 7 percent reading.
Honestly I've never used a hydrometer before so I just spun it inside test jar and read where it stopped.
I'm getting impatient that's for sure. Although my first batch of store bought cider is getting close if I can get some bottles I may be able to bottles these this weekend.

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