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Old 01-14-2008, 11:04 PM   #1
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I am going to be attempting my first cider tomorrow, a was wondering a few things about sanitizing equipment for the process. I was planing on heating my cider in my brew pot to get the brown sugar to disolve a little quicker and easier. Since the cider will not reach a full boil does that mean I have to sanitize everything that comes in contact with it, including the pot? If so does that make heating it more trouble than its worth?

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Old 01-15-2008, 12:55 AM   #2
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Cider is pretty hard to mess up but sanitation or lack thereof is one way to to do it. So yes, you do want to sanitize everything your cider is going to touch.
No, you do not have to sanitize the cooking pot.
Personally, I would not heat the cider. I would add a little water to a pot and boil the brown sugar in it.

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As Nurmey suggests, don't heat your cider. You really don't want to do that (the flavor can change in a negative way), Nurmey's suggestion is exactly how I would proceed as well. Just sanitize the fermentor.

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Old 01-15-2008, 05:01 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help. My cider will not get heated, everything else will still get sanitized. Now all I need is the patience to wait for it to be delicious.

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Old 01-15-2008, 05:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help. My cider will not get heated, everything else will still get sanitized. Now all I need is the patience to wait for it to be delicious.

Thanks again.
make some apfelwein, it'll be ready in 2 months and you'd be hard pressed to find something easier to make.
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Old 01-15-2008, 05:37 PM   #6
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make some apfelwein, it'll be ready in 2 months and you'd be hard pressed to find something easier to make.
+1. You forgot that it tastes good and gets you buzzed fast!
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I was gonna start a thread about this but found this one and it is appropriate enough. I just made a batch of apfelwein the day I kegged a previous one. I literally just dumped the second batch into the first carboy onto the yeast cake without even rinsing it. this should be ok right? It was only open to the air for a few minutes (while racking). I used a fresh sanitised carboy cap and air lock.

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it should be fine.

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it should be fine.
Thanks, that is what I thought but I needed some reassurance.
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Where are you in Central CT? We're on the RI border in MA and have friends in Branford.

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