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Lunarpancake 10-08-2009 10:12 PM

Here goes nothing! - (first cider attempt)
Picked up 7 Gallons of fresh juice from the local orchard. They don't even UV Pasteurize which is nice.

Washed and sanitized all my (brand new) equipment.

Filled my 6gallong better bottle with 2 gallons of of juice added my packet of yeast and shook it for a few seconds. Then I filled the rest of the bottle put bung and airlock on and walked away.

Took my SG reading of 1.04 at 68 F. and taped the reading and date to the bottle.

So thusfar have I done everything O.K. ???

cvstrat 10-08-2009 10:20 PM

That's going to yield a 5.3% ABV if your yeast ferments all the sugar. The only thing I could have thought of differently was to add a bit of corn sugar to boost the ABV maybe to 7 or 8. But that's personal preference. I always think of cider as a warming beverage. Something a little bit more potent than beer. If you were aiming for 5.3, which is totally fine then I think you are good. Otherwise you could add maybe a pound of corn sugar and get a little more oomph!

Lunarpancake 10-08-2009 10:36 PM

could i just pour corn sugar in?

and would I be able to add it tomorrow?

CvilleKevin 10-08-2009 10:49 PM


Did you let the yeast rehydrate nice and evenly? Its better if you dont just dump it in, but if you did, dont sweat it. The yeast might be a little slower coming out of the gate is all.

1.040 seems a little on the low side. You might want to double check that if you still have some juice thats not already in your carboy. Do you know what kind of apples?

CvilleKevin 10-08-2009 10:57 PM

If you bump the sg, I'd recommend a mix of 2/3 organic cane (light turbinado) and 1/3 corn sugar. That is closer to the apple sugar taste. But first double check the sg if you still have some juice left over. 1.040 seems low. If you decide to do it, you can add it tomorrow - or in the next few days for that matter. Add it a little bit at a time though, so it doesnt shock the yeast.

Lunarpancake 10-08-2009 11:15 PM

Cville : The orchard grows many types of apples and they have a special mix that they squeeze for the juice.

ok ill def. add the pound of sugar (2/3 organic 1/3 corn sugar) ...i guess ill do it over the span of a few days.

again should i just dump the raw sugars in? or do i need to make it into a syrup or something?

CvilleKevin 10-08-2009 11:25 PM

You can just dump the raw sugar in, just add it slow so it doesnt foam. When you are done, its good to put a bung on the carboy and give it a shake to mix up the sugar before putting the airlock back on

Lunarpancake 10-09-2009 12:16 AM

ok got the organic but couldnt find the corn SUGAR for the life of me. Is it Corn Syrup? I dont want to get the wrong thing.

CvilleKevin 10-09-2009 12:26 AM

You probably need to go to the brew store to get the corn sugar. Its not the same as corn syrup. I wouldnt worry about it though, its not a huge difference, you can go with all organic and you would have to have two glasses side by side to tell the difference

Lunarpancake 10-09-2009 12:32 AM

ok ....well maybe next batch then. Ill just put a lb of the organic stuff in

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