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Old 10-11-2007, 01:28 PM   #1
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So far, so good (thanks in large part to the wisdom of the Brewmistress of the Lake ).

Ordered 5 extra gallons of all-natural, fresh-pressed, unfiltered, unpasteurized, double-washed cider from the produce cooperative that we subscribe to (Horse & Buggy Produce) last week. Also ordered campden tabs, pectic enzyme and White Labs English Cider yeast from AHS. The AHS stuff arrived on Monday, and I filled my jugs with the cider at lunch yesterday. I was going to add dextrose to get to the OG I wanted, but the cider is already at 1.059 without any help, so I'm omitting that sugar.

Went straight home, put all 5 gallons into a 6.5-gal carboy, crushed 5 campden tabs and mixed them into warm water, then added that to the cider. Then I added half a gallon of apple juice to a gallon jug and pitched the yeast into it as a sort of starter. Not sure if this is 100% necessary, but why not? I'm waiting for the campden tabs to work anyway, so I've got time.

Checked the starter this morning. It's definitely going. No krausen or anything; it's acting more like montrachet yeast...it looks cloudy and you can see a little movement on the surface, but if you put your ear up to the jug, it sounds like a bottle of freshly opened pepsi. So, we have liftoff...I guess the UPS warehouse it sat in over the weekend wasn't too hot.

Added the pectic enzyme this morning and stirred really well. I'll probably dump the starter in tonight. More updates to follow. This is my first cider ever, so if anyone has suggestions, let me know.

And by the way, the cider I'm using is amazing. We got an additional half gallon with our subscription, and it's like liquid heaven.

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So I've got about an inch of krausen on it now. Thought that cider yeast might be like the montrachet with apfelwein, but no...a real deal krausen. Ahhhh...and the wonderful stench of rotten eggs pouring out of the airlock. Yum!

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So I've got about an inch of krausen on it now. Thought that cider yeast might be like the montrachet with apfelwein, but no...a real deal krausen. Ahhhh...and the wonderful stench of rotten eggs pouring out of the airlock. Yum!
Makes me thirsty, right there!

Sounds great! Keep us posted.
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that's about the recipe I used for my new england hard cider... fresh cider, campden, & pectic... but I'm using Cotes de Blancs. Monday I'll be racking it and putting it into bulk storage for the next 3 months... my OG came out at 1.042, a little lower than I wanted, but I wanted to keep it true to the style...

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Well, Yooper was right again. I took a reading after the krausen dropped (at about 7 days) and it was still at 1.036. I thought it had stalled, because beers usually drop their krausen when they're done. Not this yeast. I let it go, bubbling nicely, for another couple weeks and checked it again today because the airlock activity was slowed and there was plenty of flocculation and settling going on. 1.002! And it tastes magnificent! Very candy-apple with a perfect tartness. Hell yes.

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XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)
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2 weeks is about right... then I secondary for another 2-4 weeks, then rack into bulk storage... my M004 has been in bulk for 2 weeks now, and is damn clear... can not only read a newspaper through it, but can almost see my fingerprints on the other side of the carboy... 3 more months... we'll see if I can make it...

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