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Old 07-23-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Unfiltered Apple Juice-Will it eventually clear?

I used Costco unfiltered apple juice to make some Cherry Apple Cider. It's been a week since pitching Motrachet yeast. It's gone from 1.081 to 1.002. I racked it on to sulfite and Sorbate and want to back sweeten. Will this clear on its own in a couple weeks? Should I back sweeten now or wait for it to clear?

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Old 07-24-2012, 12:10 AM   #2
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It will clear in a few weeks. I usually let mine go for a month or two. 1 month primary and one month or more in secondary.

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Thanks Mojzis for the reply. I was afraid that using the unfiltered juice might have been a mistake. I've made Apfelwein before but the juice I used for that was clear. This time Costco only had the unfiltered type. It's a really nice flavor juice though.

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Ive used fresh pressed cider, dark brown and murky looking. It still cleared like filtered apple juice. I think it added more flavor, too.

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Thanks MarkKF. It's been 24 hours since I racked it on to the sulfite and Sorbate. FG still at 1.002. Should I let it clear before back sweetening or add it now and then let it clear? I want to bottle still at about 1.015.

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Some brands will clear, some will not. I had a batch made with unfiltered juice that failed to clear, and it was because it was pasteurized and the pectin had set.

I now always use pectic enzyme when I use unfiltered juice.

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I've never backsweetened so I can't help you there. I always use pectin enzyme now and prefer unpasteurized or UV pasteurized fresh pressed juice.

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Gelatin work nice to aid in clearing. J put like 1/4 tsp pr so per gallon in a pot or cool water for an hour then bring to a fast boil to dissolr and let cool. Then add. Will notice it starting to clear within 24 hrs. Works well

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I used an unfiltered juice for one of my ciders and I used sparkolloid powder when I transferred to secondary and it came out crystal clear like it had been filtered. Sparkolloid works very well for clearing hazy beers.

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