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Old 07-28-2010, 01:06 AM   #1
Jul 2010
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I have a friend that works for a juice company that I can get "Samples" of frozen Apple juice concentrate. Can I make Hard Cider using this and if I can, how would I do it?


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Old 07-28-2010, 06:02 AM   #2
Jul 2010
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If it's pure apple juice, with no preservatives/chemicals you should be just fine. Check out Edwort's Apfelwein.
It's a favorite on this forum, and in my house. I'd suggest making the recipe exactly as given first, then make modifications as desired. Sometimes I spice it, or add unfermentable sugars to sweeten it, but the original is amazing too.

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Old 07-29-2010, 02:06 PM   #3

There is also a sticky thread at the top of this forum about how to make more traditional hard cider. Apfelwein is higher alcohol and is not like English or American commercial hard ciders.

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Old 10-05-2014, 01:33 PM   #4
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Cottageville, South Carolina
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Easy Hard cider made the way the big guys do it a save money

The easy way to make hard cider is from frozen juice concentrate. The big guys use juice from concentrate; just read the ingredients label on the store bought ciders. This Allows for year around production at a very reasonable price.
How much concentrate is needed for five gallons depends on the alcohol content desired. I found 16 can of apple juice concentrate gave me the OG of 1.058 or potential alcohol of 7.88 ABV and my total cost to make 5 gallons of store bought cider was $30.70. I ended up with 2.5 cases bottled and at the store cost of 9.00 a six pack or $90.00 total that is quite savings just under $60.00.
The sugar in the apple juice concentrate ferments very dry and potential alcohol is closely accurate to what is produced.
To get body and sweetness in the cider one must add complex sugar the yeast cannot eat.
I have had good success using apple juice concentrate for cider in gallon batches and five gallon batches.

Here is a link to my five gallon video

Here is a link to my 1 gallon video

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