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Old 02-16-2014, 10:05 PM   #1
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Hello all,

My local Home Brew store just received a delivery of apple cider from a local orchard. I just purchased 5 gallons of the following blend:

25% Granny Smith
15% Empire
15% Sun Crisp
15% Fuji
15% Braeburn
15% Others: Keepsake, Pink Lady, Gold Rush, Enterprise

Here is my recipe:

5 Gallons of Apple CIder
2 lbs. of Detrose
1 Packet of Red Star Montrachet Yeast

My starting readings were as follows:

Plain Apple Cider:
Pot. Alcohol = 8%
1.052

After 2 lbs. of dextrose:
Pot. Alcohol = 9.5%
1.064

I am planning on leaving it in the glass carboy for the entire process-fermentation and settling. How long should I let it sit?



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Old 02-17-2014, 12:47 AM   #2
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The cider that I just started is the spiced winter cider that bleme posted in the recipe section. According to that recipe it is 3 weeks. That might be a good starting point, then start checking your gravity readings. I used us-04 yeast so I'm not sure if the yeast you used will need a shorter or longer time period. Once it's bottled it just gets better with age. But I hope this helps. I saw that no one had responded so I thought I would offer my 2 cents. Good luck and cheers.

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Old 02-17-2014, 11:14 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help akillys!

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No problem

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If you are concerned about clarity...from what I have read it can take quite sometime for the real cider to clear up....but it will!

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I would consider getting a secondary, just because leaving cider on Lees too long hurts the finished flavor. If you take it off too early it hasn't quite had the time to age. Regardless, I appreciate you sharing the photos.

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