Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Started Hard Cider

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-14-2011, 04:32 AM   #1
dracothered
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Howell, MI
Posts: 42
Default Started Hard Cider

Hey all this is the first time I have tried making Hard Cider. Wondering if this looks right to you.

It has in it...

1gal of 100% Apple Juice with nothing in it
2cups of Sugar
30 Raisins for yeasty food
1 packet of bread yeast (yea I know it isn't the best choice)

It was put together on 6-10-11 and has been bubbling just fine shortly after the yeast was pitched in dry.... I don't have a Hydrometer yet, but looking to get one.

2-start-hard-cider-6-10-11.jpg  
__________________
dracothered is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-14-2011, 08:50 AM   #2
oldmate
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 869
Liked 16 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Looks fine to me. You probably won't need the blow off tube! Most of mine only have a small amount of bubbles along the surface.

__________________
Primary: Cherry Melomel

Secondary:

Bottled: JAOM, Amber Ale
oldmate is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-14-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
dinnerstick
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: utrecht, netherlands
Posts: 1,937
Liked 223 Times on 168 Posts
Likes Given: 22

Default

looks like you're on the right track! you don't need the raisins, apple juice ferments fine with no additions, but they will boost the alc % a tiny bit and add interesting flavors, i would chop them roughly next time if you didn't already. and splurge the 75 cents for ale/wine yeast; pretend it's christmas in june

__________________
dinnerstick is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-14-2011, 12:47 PM   #4
NoRoom4Error
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Leesburg, VA
Posts: 57
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dinnerstick View Post
splurge the 75 cents for ale/wine yeast; pretend it's christmas in june
Not all of us can be as rich as you.
__________________
NoRoom4Error is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-14-2011, 03:25 PM   #5
dracothered
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Howell, MI
Posts: 42
Default

The next batch maybe I will get a an ale yeast to use. This is my second brew, the first one I did was Mead.

How long do you think it will take before I can rack it the first time. It is bubbling about every second.

__________________
dracothered is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-14-2011, 06:14 PM   #6
dracothered
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Howell, MI
Posts: 42
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by oldmate View Post
Looks fine to me. You probably won't need the blow off tube! Most of mine only have a small amount of bubbles along the surface.
That would be my air lock as I don't have any store bought ones yet...
__________________
dracothered is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 02:01 AM   #7
Blanchy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Union, Maine
Posts: 77
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dracothered View Post
The next batch maybe I will get a an ale yeast to use. This is my second brew, the first one I did was Mead.

How long do you think it will take before I can rack it the first time. It is bubbling about every second.
I wait to rack until all the yeast has fallen out of suspension- usually four to five weeks. I figure this gives the yeasties some time to clean up some of the off-flavors, while ensuring fermentation is finished.
__________________
Blanchy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 02:24 AM   #8
jcobbs
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Alabama
Posts: 469
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

The last couple of batches of cider I have made have been nothing but apple juice and ale yeast (Munton's). I have been very pleased. It ferments quickly, drops clear in about a month, and is a very smooth, still dry cider, ready to drink in just a few weeks. I'm thinking of making a bunch more in the next few months to give away for Christmas. I've made some decent tasting wines with bread yeast but wine or ale yeast clears so much better it's worth the few cents extra.

__________________
Hickory Glynn Winery & Brewery
jcobbs is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-15-2011, 02:34 AM   #9
kpr121
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,778
Liked 61 Times on 58 Posts
Likes Given: 67

Default

Hey I just did something similar. My first experiment with an Apfelwein type drink (other experience I fermented plain apple cider last fall).

I used about 3 cups of sugar to a 1 gallon jug of apple juice. Left out the raisins, and used US-05 ale yeast. The plan is to let it sit for about 6-8 weeks, then bottle and leave until October-ish.

I will probably do a few more of these to keep a 'pipeline' going. They are so much easier to do than beer. And you don't really use any equipment when you ferment in the jug.

__________________
ADD ME on GOOGLE+
Primary: Nugget Nectar 2014
Kegged:

Bottled:
Bulk Aging:
Up Next: ???? Suggestions?
kpr121 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-16-2011, 01:05 AM   #10
Fanoffermentation
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Dayton, Oh
Posts: 52
Default

You would be wise to get the hydrometer. I tried an apfelwine without one, followed a recipe, and ended up with something that finished sweet and strong as HELL. It was revolting. It was a waste of my money for the components and time. I bought a hydrometer that week lol.

__________________
Fanoffermentation is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Started a cider TheGeek Cider Forum 7 01-20-2011 01:42 PM
Just started some cider smokinghole Cider Forum 9 01-18-2010 01:25 AM
Started some cider tonight! Reddy Cider Forum 7 02-22-2008 02:35 PM
Started to cider today z987k Cider Forum 7 10-26-2007 04:41 PM
Just started second cider (help on OG) LewisM Cider Forum 17 11-01-2006 07:20 PM