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Old 11-24-2008, 02:34 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, first time poster, and first time brewer here. So, I have a question for you all.

I'm trying to make Hard Cider by fermenting apple cider. I'm using this website for reference because the recipe seems easy, and that it doesn't take very long.

My question is about the campaign yeast mentioned in there. Aside from buying it online (I've seen the sticky'd ingredients page), where would I be able to buy this at? Kroger's, Wal-Mart, or any other big chain store? Or would I have to go to some kind of local store (if so, can you give me an example)?

The recipe seems easy enough, but any tips about brewing hard cider (or brewing in general) are more than welcome. Thanks.

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Old 11-24-2008, 02:39 PM   #2
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check out this thread

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

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Old 11-24-2008, 03:18 PM   #3
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i've also had great results with edwort's apfelwein.

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Old 11-24-2008, 03:35 PM   #4
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so Im guessing you can just skim the ice off with Apfelwein also?

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Old 11-24-2008, 03:49 PM   #5
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Welcome to HBT!

I glanced at the link you are using and have to say that anything fermented that claims to be ready to drink in one week pretty much says hooch in my mind.

Good cider is easy but it takes a while. Even if you want to drink "green" cider, it's still a month or two into the process. I second the suggestion that you try Ed Wort's award winning Apfelwein recipe with the link posted above.

We don't talk about distilling on this site! Since the OP didn't mention it, I suggest that it be dropped as it is illegal in this country.

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sorry, just thought the thinly veiled "warning" was funny. post edited, try the apfelwein recipe!

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Old 11-24-2008, 04:07 PM   #7
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As far as getting some champagne yeast, you almost certainly won't be able to get it at the grocery store. You'll need to find a local homebrew supply (LHBS). Without knowing where you live, go to maps.google.com and search for "homebrew loc:your city, state" (eg I would search for homebrew loc:minneapolis, mn).

You mention Kroger, though, so I know you're not in Mpls! Heh. Good luck!

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Apfelwein is NOTHING like apple cider. Don't let the links here fool ya. It's nicknamed Prisonhoochfelwein for a reason .

You don't specifically need champagne yeast. I have had the best luck with nottingham and S04. Just get the jugs of apple CIDER (not juice!) from the store (or, if you can find the local unpasteurized stuff, that's even better), and pitch your yeast right into it. That's it! Be warned, though, it will take a few months before it's ready to drink.

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I would actually stay away from the champagne yeast. I've used it and it ferments out way too dry in my opinion.

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so Im guessing you can just skim the ice off with Apfelwein also?
That's apple jack, not cider.
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