Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > last minute preparation questions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-14-2009, 02:48 AM   #1
jabumbo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 27
Default last minute preparation questions

okay, so this weekend i am going to my first cider press and will be getting 10 gallons. i plan on splitting it into two separate batches, one to try and have ready for thanksgiving, and the other to drink at my leisure.


are campden tablets worth getting? i plan on pitching my yeast within 24 hours of the pressing.


right now i have 2 pounds of light brown sugar and 2 pounds of wildflower honey that i thought to use in each batch respectively. is this enough additive for the volume? should i heat some of the cider up to get the sugars to dissolve fully?


as far as yeasts go, it seems that ale yeasts are the most preferred here. can i have some specific suggestions?



i plan on going to the brew shop tomorrow evening to pick up final supplies, so i hope to have everything ready to roll by then!

__________________
jabumbo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-14-2009, 04:55 AM   #2
Lunarpancake
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Monmouth County NJ
Posts: 417
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

best advice i can give you is read Cville's sticky for cider! It is AWESOME!!!


He goes into what yeasts to use and even explains what sugars will keep natural apple flavors better...etc.


in other words READ IT!



and cheers

__________________
Lunarpancake is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-14-2009, 05:46 AM   #3
Teromous
Beer Gnome
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Teromous's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 2,485
Liked 289 Times on 171 Posts
Likes Given: 47

Default

I would go with campden tablets. As far as everything else, it's all about experimentation and finding out what you like. I would recommend doing a slick batch without any crazy additives, so you get a feel for what a "normal" cider is supposed to taste like. If you're making 2 separate 5 gallon batches, try two different yeasts. If you want to increase the gravity for more alcohol, add some sugar. Otherwise leave it out if it's intended for flavor. Just my suggestion. Crawl...walk...run...you know what I mean? It would just be terrible to mess up the cider and never know if it was your process, or the additives.

__________________
Teromous is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-14-2009, 09:26 AM   #4
Kauai_Kahuna
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 2,280
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

I would save the honey for the batch you want to let age, it drags out the fermentation.
For something ready in 4 weeks or so, you really need to use an ale yeast and keep the added sugar low if at all to keep it from getting a rather hot taste that can take a while to mellow out.
In short, read Cville's sticky for cider!

__________________

---
In Primary: Belgium Chimay clones.
In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
Conditioning: Mead, Cider, braggot, Belgium Wheat.
On Tap: Clones, Chimay Blue, Red, Porter, malted cider.
Bottles: Far, far, too many to list.

Kauai_Kahuna is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-14-2009, 04:06 PM   #5
joentuff
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 81
Default

How do I find Cville's post? is it under just cider or the cider recipes?

__________________
joentuff is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-14-2009, 04:16 PM   #6
CvilleKevin
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 1,250
Liked 75 Times on 37 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Its the sticky at the top of the cider page.

BTW - If your juice is fresh and pressed under sanitary conditions, with no windfall apples used, I'd skip the campden. Especially if you are using tart apples. You will get more apple taste and be able to drink it sooner

__________________
CvilleKevin is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Last-minute Wheat Beer questions! Scrow Extract Brewing 24 04-17-2009 05:08 PM
Last Minute Questions Before 1st AG mgo737 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 01-10-2009 01:10 PM
First time kegging in 2 hours, last minute questions. ButchTN Bottling/Kegging 6 09-01-2008 01:51 AM
Last minute hefeweizen questions Jack Recipes/Ingredients 2 03-02-2008 04:39 PM
getting ready for my first batch - last minute questions Guiness Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 11-06-2005 07:43 AM