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Old 03-21-2009, 08:07 PM   #11
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I've never tried making cider before but would love to give it a go. I live in Ireland we don't have 'Treetop' apple juice here. Is this a pure apple juice or a juice made from concentrate?

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Old 03-21-2009, 08:11 PM   #12
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I've never tried making cider before but would love to give it a go. I live in Ireland we don't have 'Treetop' apple juice here. Is this a pure apple juice or a juice made from concentrate?

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I've never tried making cider before but would love to give it a go. I live in Ireland we don't have 'Treetop' apple juice here. Is this a pure apple juice or a juice made from concentrate?

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Treetop, Motts, all of these are your standard cheap apple juices, usually from concentrate, and are nearly always clear. I have used (with success) the following brands, but any other would probably do:

Treetop, Hanson's, Motts, Albertson's brand, Smart and Final's brand, Kirkland, Various Trader Joe's juices, Martinelli's, Ralph's Brand, and a few others, it's pretty hard to mess up the recipe, just use some store-brand juice and let it go.
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Late to the thread - apologies!

Have you tried making cider with freshly-pressed unpasteurized apple juice, as I have bought a few times from farmer's markets? Would this make the tea bags etc redundant, or are there problems with whatever may be lurking in the unpasteurized juice?

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how do i make my cider semi sweet and not have exploding bottles?

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This recipe is for dry cider, and was geared twards that, but if you wanted to make a semi-sweet or sweet cider you would have to add an unfermentable sugar such as splenda, stevia or lactose at bottling, to taste of course, along with your priming sugar.

(or you can learn to like dry cider )

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im going to try this recipe. Am i supposed to boil it? is there a concern about bacteria or wild strains of yeast?

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I'm just curious. Is this recipe based on a bottled cider that you tried in England? Or is it intended to be more like the scrumpy that you can by on tap in the South West?

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I'm just curious. Is this recipe based on a bottled cider that you tried in England? Or is it intended to be more like the scrumpy that you can by on tap in the South West?
It was influenced greatly on a variety of ciders I had on tap in pubs when I was in London and Belfast, I tried to do the Scrumpy, but that sort of thing is much harder to duplicate, as the flavor is very dependent on the source and freshness of the pressed juice, as well as the fermentation method. The goal of this project was to make a good tasting pub-style cider from pre-processed mass-produced cheap apple juice readily available in most stores.

The only imports that really make it here are the Sam Smith's ($5 a 22oz), Blackthorne ($4 a Liter), Strongbow ($10 a sixer), Mangers ($11 a sixer), and Aspall ($6 a 16oz bottle), The latter two are pretty good, but overall, it's very expensive to find even a decent tasting english-style or imported cider, so this project was very much about economy as it was taste, and besides the Aspall I think my recipe blows all the the previously mentioned out of the water with sufficient aging, especally when you consider that a 5 gallon batch costs about $22 (I don't count the cost of tea or limes, as I always have them around, and I usually just use a bit of yeast from the starter of the beer I'm brewing that day).
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im going to try this recipe. Am i supposed to boil it? is there a concern about bacteria or wild strains of yeast?
with store bought juice there is no need to boil. if you got it from a local fruit stand that was fresh pressed, then use camden as directed on the package, but don't boil, it will set pectins. Also, when I use local pressed juice I don't add any tea or lime unless the taste of the juice itself is obviously lacking it, to answer a previous question.
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