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Old 02-14-2009, 04:23 AM   #1
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This one is easy... really easy. and oh so tasty

4.5 gallons Treetop apple juice
4 16 ounce cans Applejuice concentrate (primary)
1 16 ounce can Apple concentrate (bottle carb)
2 teaspoons yeast nutrient
1 packet red star montrachet yeast

Add the 4.5 gallons of applejuice to your carboy
warm the 4 cans of concentrate up to room temprature
add the 2 teaspoons of nutrient
stir well

pitch your Montrachet and pop an airlock on there - isolate from air with cheap rotgut vodka.

ferment in primary only for 2 months exactly.

on bottling day, warm the last 16 ounce can of concentrate to room temp and pour it into your 5 gallon racking bucket, carefully rack off Cider from your carboy into this bottling bucket, take care not to splash or it'll cause oxidation, make sure your flow creates a bit of vortex (NO SPLASH!!) to mix in the concentrate.
now...bottle this nectar of the gods.

you should have good carbonation in 2 weeks - the brew is ready to drink then or put some age on it (cannot vouch for aging - My batch is two and a half months old today, just cracked my first one after Carbing and it is supurb.)

Flavor is very Appley, dry and tart (but not unpleasantly so).

cannot list gravities of this (I fly by the seat of my pants) nor can I acurately give an ABV. If any of you pros out there try this one - I'd love to get a run down by the numbers just for my notes. please PM me

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Old 03-26-2009, 08:11 PM   #2
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what do you mean isolate from air with cheap vodka?

do you mean as an airlock, with tubing coming out of the carboy and into a bottle/cup of vodka? if so, what is this benefit? if not, sorry im very new to this!


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Old 03-26-2009, 08:25 PM   #3
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He meant to fill the airlock with vodka rather than sanitized water.

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Old 03-26-2009, 10:44 PM   #4
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ok so what is the benefit?

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Old 03-26-2009, 10:50 PM   #5
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The airlock lets co2 out, but doesn't let oxygen in. It's a one way valve. Using sanitizer or vodka ensure that bacteria/mold/etc won't grow in the airlock.
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Old 01-14-2010, 12:02 AM   #6
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what's the alcohol content you get out of this recipe?

i added 120 oz of concentrate to 4.5 gallons of cider and the specific gravity was just below 1.070, if i read it right. so, i'm expecting about 9%, give or take.


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Old 02-09-2012, 10:11 PM   #7
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I got an og of 1.070 on a 1 gallon batch. Should make 8% or so. Be careful with this recipe mine was coming out the airlock after two days.

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Old 03-12-2012, 04:48 PM   #8
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how did this turn out?

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:43 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Inflames View Post
how did this turn out?
I started 1 gal cranberry/apple (3 May) and 1 gal plain apple (6 May).

They are just about done in primary and they need to age 4 to 6 months.

So far they don't taste bad. I'll let them go dry, bottle carb and sweeten with apple juice to taste when drinking.

Raspberry/Apple and Cherry/Apple are going on the yeast cakes Tuesday (15 May) after I rack.

The ABV should be around 8% if your juice to concentrate ratio is 1 can concentrate (12oz) to 1 gallon of juice. Checked by calculating sugar content and hydrometer.
I used to have a six-pack, but now I have a keg.

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Old 05-16-2012, 07:47 PM   #10
Mar 2012
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Maybe a stupid question but follow the directions on the yeast nutrient or the directions in the recipe?
And what kind of apple juice concentrate did you use?

getting ready to try it first time making cider!

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