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Old 06-27-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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If i buy unpastuerized cider from the orchard, do i have to pasturize it? or can i just brew it and bottle it and enjoy?

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:13 PM   #2
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ferment away! you can add sulfite (potassium metabisulfite/campden) which will suppress lots of microorganisms, if you are nervous about them. you can then add yeast or even let the natural yeast go. lots of options, no need to pasteurize.
just make sure there is no preservative added (ie sorbate)

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:15 PM   #3
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Similiar to wine, I think there is a chance that there are some wild yeast strains that may be hitching a ride. I believe there is an additive added to grape juice before you add your yeast to kill any of the wild strains.

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:18 PM   #4
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where are you getting farm cider in June?

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