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Old 12-07-2006, 05:42 AM   #1
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Here was my recipe:

2 gal. tree top apple cider
4 cans seneca apple juice concentrate (1.5 qt. ea. reconstituted)
german ale yeast.

all ingredients put in a 3 gal. carboy.

Yeast was fermenting strongly within 12 rs of pitching

I didn't use a secondary, I kegged it after about a month.

It's been chilling in the keg for 3 weeks. The initial flavors are very pleasant, and then your hit with a nasty soapy taste. Will aging help? What causes that?

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Old 12-07-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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Either actual soap from inadequate rinsing or you have one of those rare cases where it was left on the trub too long. Soap is a salt of fatty acids. Aging won't help in either case.

Did you just add the concentrate to the cider without additional water?

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Old 12-07-2006, 05:23 PM   #3
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I didn't add any water. I just wanted to see how additional apple flavor and apple sugars would affect the cider. One of my favorite batches was made from store bought juice and 2.5 lbs of honey (5 gal. batch). I didn't use any soap in the cleaning/sanitation process, so it must be fatty acid breakdown. Bummer!

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As always, stash it somewhere & check it in three months. the odds are against, but you never know.

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