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Old 12-27-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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Hi folks. I'm gonna be attempting to make cider for the first time today, and have a question about using yeast in this recipe:

Do I need to prep the yeast like the packet says, or can I just toss it in the carboy with the rest of the ingredients?

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Old 12-27-2009, 09:28 PM   #2
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When I first started making cider, I just tossed it. Now, I do as the packet says. Honestly, I don't think there is that much difference, but if you follow the packet, you will probably notice fermentation happening sooner rather than later.

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Old 12-28-2009, 12:54 PM   #3
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+1 on following the directions.

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Old 12-28-2009, 06:21 PM   #4
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Make a starter. Doing so will not only wake up the yeast but you will start the fermentation process with more yeast. Jamil talked about it once in numbers and I believe it was around double the viable yeast (twice as many alive). That alone should be reason enough.

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Old 12-28-2009, 06:31 PM   #5
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Lalvin has some data about rehydrating: Lalvin

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Old 12-28-2009, 08:21 PM   #6
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I'd also like to make a starter for my cider...do you use heated apple juice,hot water or DME? We have a stir plate and Red Star champagne yeast...

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