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Old 01-02-2012, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default At what ABV does cider become "too stong"

When making my last batch of cider I decided to pour in a bunch of extra sugar to make it extra potent. Now that the fermentation is just about done with im having second thoughts about this one. The OG was right at 1.1 so I would expect the abv to be around 10%. Now that im getting excited to drink it i wonder if its going to taste vile. So im wondering how much everyone else would recommend for this, so in future batches i use the right amount.

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Old 01-02-2012, 03:33 AM   #2
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The extra sugar will likely add some harsh flavors that may mellow with some extended aging. Of course there are a bunch of variables like temp, type of sugar, yeast and time.

I believe to be called cider it has to be below 7%. Anything more and it is considered wine.

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Thanks for the response. I was actually hoping to rack it and let it age with some spices and then bottle it in the fall, but then i started hearing that the high abv wouldn't work well for that. I think next time around ill take it easy and follow an actual recipe

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Old 01-02-2012, 05:15 PM   #4
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If your OG was 1.100, I'd expect the final ABV to be more like 12-14% ABV, depending on which yeast strain you used. I make apple wine all the time. It's good- a dry, crisp white wine- but not much apple cider flavor to it. (Check out my apple wine recipe under my recipe pulldown- I think I have tasting notes in there).

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Old 01-02-2012, 09:16 PM   #5
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Recipe tab is pretty nice, i didnt know that existed. I just racked it and tasted it. Defiantly strong, but ill see how it turns out in a few months

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