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Old 09-15-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default s.g. of Fresh Pressed Cider?

Does anyone know what the average gravity is of fresh pressed apple cider?

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Old 09-15-2009, 05:43 PM   #2
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Depending on the sugar content of the apples used, it can be anywhere from 1.050-1.060

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Old 09-15-2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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Its usually between 1.050 and 1.060 although last year I got fresh juice which was as low as 1.045 and as high as 1.064. You can get it even higher by sweating the apples before pressing

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Old 09-16-2009, 09:22 AM   #4
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Please forgive me if this is a silly question but what is:
"sweating the apples before pressing"

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Old 09-16-2009, 12:58 PM   #5
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Thats when you let the apples sit for a few days to soften up and dry out a little bit (less juice but it will be sweeter)

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Old 10-16-2009, 03:48 PM   #6
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i just bought one at 1.059

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Old 10-16-2009, 04:30 PM   #7
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the stuff I started the other day was 1.046...

The final answer...It varies

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Old 10-16-2009, 08:04 PM   #8
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I used mostly sweet apples and got 1.070

I added a bunch of tart apple juice (store bought) to bring it down a tad.

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Old 10-16-2009, 09:00 PM   #9
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my fresh cider was 1.04 when i got it from the press.

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Old 11-02-2009, 12:53 PM   #10
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just got some fresh pressed from local orchard, 1.016 with ~2lbs cane sugar mixed in.

Out of curiosity, how much does sugar alter an SG reading? Under the advice of folks on this forum, I'm finally using my hydrometer and not just counting airlock bubbles.

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