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BrewinBigD 10-11-2012 02:21 PM

Is there an average SG for raw cider??
 
This might be a stretch but i Live in new England and was wondering if any cider heads around here knew what this seasons avg SG might be. im sure alot depends on the seasons precipitation, fruit yeild, ripeness when harvested etc,, but looking to do a little research before i thaw my raw unpasteurized cider and start adding things to it!!!

TyTanium 10-11-2012 02:22 PM

Do you have a hydrometer? Just test it. But mid-40s is probably a good starting point.

UpstateMike 10-11-2012 03:12 PM

In upstate NY this year, it seems to be about 1.052. Last year was about 1.045.

jerrodm 10-11-2012 03:28 PM

I'm curious about the same question for PA-area apples--anyone know what SGs are like?

CvilleKevin 10-11-2012 03:42 PM

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im sure alot depends on the seasons precipitation, fruit yeild, ripeness when harvested etc
Yep, all of these factors can have a huge impact, which is why using a hydrometer is the way to go. Apples that are picked a little early, for sending to processing plants, grocery stores etc, typically have sg in the mid 40s. Apples picked from your typical small to mid size orchard, intended for fruit stands, local produce stores etc, will typically be picked when more ripe and have an sg in the mid 50s this time of year. Later in the Fall, sgs will get up to low to mid 60s. Orchards that are growing specifically for hard cider can push the sgs to 70s by picking late and sweating the apples in storage

popnfrresh 10-12-2012 05:20 AM

UpstateMike, I just got mine from schutts in webster, NY and they were about 1.062.

ThorGodOfThunder 10-12-2012 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by jerrodm (Post 4489656)
I'm curious about the same question for PA-area apples--anyone know what SGs are like?

Mine were 1.048, but different kinds of apples will naturally have different sugar levels.

jerrodm 10-12-2012 01:59 PM

Great, thanks for the info Thor. What varieties were you using? I'm thinking about a blend of Empires, Winesaps and Arkansas Blacks, maybe 50/25/25. Not to hijack the thread, but do you know of any orchards in your area that grow any of the English cider varieties--Darlington's Mills, Dabinettes, Foxwhelps, etc? I live in the DC area and have been looking but haven't had much luck finding any of the English varieties around here.

UpstateMike 10-12-2012 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by popnfrresh (Post 4492109)
UpstateMike, I just got mine from schutts in webster, NY and they were about 1.062.

Nice, how much are they charging per gallon?

ajm163 10-12-2012 03:12 PM

in my experience it is usually around 1.053


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