Originally Posted by TaylorBrewed
Can someone please help me. I want to make this weekend. My question with out going through the 2000+ post is this. What type of Apple juice do you use ? 100% of course but most Apple juice say this but has some sort of additive or vitamin. Anything I should look out for. Also what type of results have you had with just Apple juice opposed to cider ? Thanks
When using store bought juice, just make sure it's:
1) 100% juice (no added sugar/flavors)
2) no preservatives
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is okay, but if there's anything else, I would stay away. From concentrate is also okay. I use juice from a bottle, but frozen concentrate can work nicely too.
For example, all the stuff I use for ciders (Tree Top, Motts, etc) lists the ingredients as "100% apple juice from concentrate: water, apple juice concentrate, ascorbic acid" or something similar.
I tried using store-bought, additive-free, pasteurized cider a couple times (not directly from an orchard), but I was never happy with the results. I don't know if that was because the cider was not "fresh" (likely had been sitting on the shelf for some time), or if it was just the brands I tried.