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Old 09-09-2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default Made a cider again .

I just finished another 5 gallon batch.
5-Gallons apple juice
About three pounds of honey
I used a liquid yeast, the guy at the homebrew shop said it would taste better.


After I was done i forgot to take a hydrometer reading so i popped the top and did it quickly, it was 1.55, hopefully i didnt contaminate anything. Now can someone explain to me how to take my next reading and find the ABV?


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Old 09-12-2006, 08:49 PM   #2
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After I was done i forgot to take a hydrometer reading so i popped the top and did it quickly, it was 1.55, hopefully i didnt contaminate anything. Now can someone explain to me how to take my next reading and find the ABV?
Use a sanitized wine thief or a turkey baster to get some into your hydrometer jar.

I use this ABV Calculator

I'd wait at least 4 weeks before bothering to take a reading.
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Use a sanitized wine thief or a turkey baster to get some into your hydrometer jar.

I use this ABV Calculator

I'd wait at least 4 weeks before bothering to take a reading.

Ha four weeks its almost done fermenting, now my banana wine, its been fermenting for at least 3 weeks almost a month.
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Ha four weeks its almost done fermenting.
Isn't that the idea? You want a Finished Gravity reading right?

I haved kegged a few ciders (Applewine) at 4 weeks only because of some brewfests. I'll now wait 2 months on a cider before kegging, but it took a while to get the o'l pipeline filled up. 1 in the keg carbing, 1 on deck already a month old, and a fresh one just started.

I haven't check the FG on a cider in a long time, but mine ferment out dry, so I'm expecting a 1.005 reading or lower.
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