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Old 11-01-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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I have never brewed before and recently found this recipe for hard cider and it seemed so easy that I decided to try it, but I am not sure how good it actually is.


"5 gallon water jug
10 cups of cheap sugar
4 gallons of cheap apple juice
1 package of traditional baking yeast

-mix all in water jug, shake hard, cover opening with 2 napkins and secure with rubber band, wait 2 months, then you have 23 liters of 14% hard cider"


After doing some internet research I found different options and ways to change it. Some possible changes:

"a glass container to ferment in and a bung to plug said container
wine/champagne yeast instead of baking yeast
and an airlock"


I live in Northern CA and plan to bury the container in my backyard. It might keep the temperature stable, and the temp has been in the low 70s and I read cider ferments best closest to 60 degrees. My goal is to discreetly make cheap but good cider in the shortest time possible. Thoughts and advice?

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Old 11-01-2011, 06:29 AM   #2
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that sounds not-so-good.. make this.. Tried and true.. Simple.. Cheap..

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-...felwein-14860/

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Old 11-01-2011, 06:31 AM   #3
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discrete?
go away kiddie.

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Old 11-01-2011, 07:07 AM   #4
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You might want to do more research on the 5 gal water jug. The plastic has to be a certain type. Best bet is just buy a 5 gal Better Bottle they are cheaper then glass carboys.

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Old 11-01-2011, 07:26 AM   #5
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that sounds not-so-good.. make this.. Tried and true.. Simple.. Cheap..

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-...felwein-14860/
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discrete?
go away kiddie.
Whoa bro, my roommates don't want me stinking up the place


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You might want to do more research on the 5 gal water jug. The plastic has to be a certain type. Best bet is just buy a 5 gal Better Bottle they are cheaper then glass carboys.
Does this also apply to bottling it? Do I need a certain kind of glass so its not skunked
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:50 AM   #6
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correct me if i'm wrong but the only potential problem with plastics is oxygen permeability, which takes a long time, meaning you are fine to ferment in there but you might not want to leave it for say 6 months to age
you can bury it i a hole if you want, but for the first time i would suggest making a successful cider before fooling around with odd subterranean efforts, unless you are going for the most ridiculous cider 2011/2012 podium, you're a shoe-in for bronze
do you have a kitchen? i would try that first

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Old 11-01-2011, 09:02 PM   #7
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Here are so articles on using water jugs. Some claim chemicals could leach from the plastic. IMO Better Bottles are pretty cheap so why risk it.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/pros...r-jugs-142980/

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