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Old 06-02-2009, 08:36 PM   #11
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A year or more? With turbo cider? Im getting kind of confused...

I thought this stuff was (nicely) drinkable after two weeks!



 
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:05 PM   #12
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It all depends what you want. My view is, if you're happy with it then drink it. All cider will improve with time but you have to balance immediate pleasure against a future benefit. I usually go with the immediate pleasure.



 
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:26 PM   #13
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Still have a few of this original batch left, but decided to try it with fresh apple juice, not concentrate.

Started it two days ago, it was bubbline like mad already by the first evening and when I came home the second day the foam had made its way up through the airlock, coloured the water in it and soaked the cotton woll at the top!! So I cleaned it out, replaced the cotton wool and have it back on again.

Came home today and found its alot calmer, wouldnt be surprised to see it almosts stopped tomorrow. Why the change? Proper juice? Higher temperature? It is a bit warmer but i wouldnt say by more than 5 degrees tops.

How long do I leave it now? I left it about a fortnight before, but that was following the recipe.

 
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:49 PM   #14
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I was right, it's nearly stopped bubblin at the airlock.. What now? Its been totally different to the concentrate, im lost.

Will I open it and check the SG? Its only been three days...too soon surely.

 
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:54 PM   #15
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A year or more? With turbo cider? Im getting kind of confused...

I thought this stuff was (nicely) drinkable after two weeks!
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I was right, it's nearly stopped bubblin at the airlock.. What now? Its been totally different to the concentrate, im lost.

Will I open it and check the SG? Its only been three days...too soon surely.
Just because a video on u-tube says it's done in two weeks doesn't mean that it will be good in two weeks!

It went faster this time because it's warmer outside. Still let it sit a couple of weeks before considering bottling. It'll clear up a bit, and you'll be sure it's done.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:03 PM   #16
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Trust your hydrometer! Take frequent readings once you feel that fermentation has stopped to verify your thoughts. If you plan on going further with brewing, cider making, or wine making, you NEED to use your hydrometer. This tool is a staple for all brewers and not only allows you to see when your fermentation is complete, but also lets you calculate the ABV of your brew.

Just because they call this stuff "Turbo Cider" doesn't mean it's going to ferment out any quicker than other ciders. Personally, I would recommend reading one of the many apfelwein threads out there. That's basically what you're making, less the additional sugar added before fermenting the apfelwein.
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:46 PM   #17
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Thanks guys.

Im hoping that this stuff, being just pressed apple juic wont exactly be turbo cider. I just used the same thread to save on forum clutter.

The readin when I started was 1.053, what should I be looking for to know when its done?

 
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:59 PM   #18
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You'll want something around where your last batch finished up. More than an exact number, you're going to want it make sure it doesn't change for a week. If it's stable on two readings a week apart, and it's down around where your last batch ended, you can trust that it's finished fermenting.
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:08 PM   #19
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OK thanks.

One last thing, how best to take a hydrometer reading without exposing the cider to air? Do I just try and do it quickly?

 
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:32 PM   #20
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The cider is protected by a layer of CO2. Take a wine thief or sanitized turkey baster and pull out as much as you need for the hydrometer sample. Don't worry about exposing it to air -- CO2 is heavier than air and won't escape.



 
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