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Old 01-16-2010, 11:31 PM   #1
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I just finished my first attempt at making cider after carefully reviewing the threads posted by other, particularly the threads by other noobs like myself. I believe that I did everything correctly, and hopefully will have some tasty cider in the coming months. However, now that the job is done I find myself reflecting on the process and am wondering if there was something that I should have done differently. With that in mind I submit for anyone's review the following information:
-I used 5 gal. of un-pasteurized, unsweetened cider.
-1/2 tsp of pectic enzyme per gal of cider.
-5 tbsp. of yeast nutrient.
-Cider yeast activator from lhbs.
-Cider fermented for approx. 2 months before bottleling. SG of .998-1.000.
-While fermenting, cider sat in the dark, approx. temp. 64 degrees.
-Carbonated with Coopers Carbonation Drops (1 per/12 oz bottle). I've never used the drops before (they remind me of the candy Lemonheads), but guy at the lbhs recommended I try them.
-After bottling, placed back down in the dark, 64 degree basement (in the shower in case there are any bottle bombs).
-While bottling, I noticed that it still smelled like apple cider, but was hesitant to sample any. For some reason, my mom's voice popped in my head; something about how you can get sick from drinking apple juice/cider that has been sitting about.

What say you, old wise makers of cider? Did the noob get it right? thanks in advance.
Mike



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Old 01-17-2010, 06:25 AM   #2
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It sounds wonderful! No added sweeteners to be a filler. You let it sit a good amount of time before bottling. It is dry. Good conditions. Never used Carbonation Drops, but you will probably be fine due to the dry cider. I bet in another couple of months, it will be really really good.



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Old 01-17-2010, 08:34 AM   #3
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You got everything right except for the tasting part. I always taste. I taste and taste some more. Then I taste. I find it important to taste at different times so that you know what it should taste like. That way the next time you make a cider you will know if something has gone wrong. It also allows you to make changes before committing to a bottle.

Sounds like everything went well. Coopers are around 4x the price of a bag of dextrose. Is there a reason why you chose them instead?

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You got everything right except for the tasting part. I always taste. I taste and taste some more. Then I taste. I find it important to taste at different times so that you know what it should taste like. That way the next time you make a cider you will know if something has gone wrong. It also allows you to make changes before committing to a bottle.

Sounds like everything went well. Coopers are around 4x the price of a bag of dextrose. Is there a reason why you chose them instead?
I went with Coopers just to try them out. In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have experimented with them on my first cider. I think it would have een better to use them on something I'm familiar with so I could judge it they affected the taste at all. Thanks for the encouragement and advice. For some reason, I was really nervous about doing a cider and I'm not sure why.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:13 PM   #5
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You must taste the Cider!!!
It sound good to me. you should send me a bottle to make sure thought.

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Your confidence will jump by a million percent after your first cider. Try keeping some still cider for sampling if it's not too late. I didn't think I'd like still dry cider but I was wrong. It's pure awesome. But then again so is carbonated cider.



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