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Old 09-04-2008, 01:01 AM   #1
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My buddy and I have been homebrewing beer for half a year or so, and he moved to a new place with fruit trees so we decided to make a cider when the fruit started dropping as it was going to waste.

Long story short I think we did a damn good job getting it to the fermenter where it is now. We juiced buckets of apples and pears to get about 5.5 gallons juice, then we pasturized, added champagne yeast and a bit of tannin, and some pectic enzyme. We had fermentation about 16 hrs after pitching so we were pretty satisfied with the result.

But then I came on this forum for the first time and it seems every recipe has added some carbs (dextrose, cane sugar, brown sugar, honey, apple juice concentrate). Ours is just the apples and pears, are we in trouble taste wise or does this just mean lower ABV?

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Old 09-04-2008, 01:20 AM   #2
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My short answer....

Wine is just grapes!

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Old 09-04-2008, 01:26 AM   #3
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Having experimented with several types of sugar in my ciders, my favorite is using apple cider and yeast only. Adding sugar is not required or in my case not desired.

Your alcohol may be a little lower but that's not a terrible thing and you should have some great flavor.

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Nothing wrong with your procedure; what Nurmey said.

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Old 09-04-2008, 08:15 AM   #5
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Thanks for your responses, you put my mind at ease. Now to play the racking, bottling, waiting game

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Old 09-04-2008, 04:23 PM   #6
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I make my cider straight. The ABV ends up 3-6% and that's just fine. Also, the lower ABV means less aging.

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Got another question for you all. We are planning on adding fermaid to get a complete fermentation (we are using champagne yeast). The instructions say to add when 1/3 of the sugar is depleted, how will we know?

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Got another question for you all. We are planning on adding fermaid to get a complete fermentation (we are using champagne yeast). The instructions say to add when 1/3 of the sugar is depleted, how will we know?

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You'll need a hydrometer
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Old 09-05-2008, 03:35 AM   #9
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You'll need a hydrometer
Cool, I have one actually, the trouble is getting a sample out without completely disturbing and oxygenating the cider. It's currently in a 6 gallon carboy with a carboy cap and a 3 piece valve. We decided just to go for it and add the fermaid.

The cider has been fermenting since Monday and there is still activity, it smell nice and sweet now

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The added sugars are just a way to crank up the Alcohol content. I don't really homebrew with getting drunk faster as my goal, so I don't do that - If I felt the urge I'd use apple juice concentrate rather than corn sugar, etc. Or use honey and be making a cyser - with the point being to make cyser, not to make more-alcoholic cider.

I dislike champagne, so I don't use champagne yeast. I get a dry, finely carbonated, champagne-looking cider just fine using dry ale yeast. I've done wild yeast, and have come to prefer the predicability of ale yeast over the wackiness of wild yeast, especially since I no longer have "free for the labor" cider available.

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