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Old 06-14-2011, 04:32 AM   #1
dracothered
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Hey all this is the first time I have tried making Hard Cider. Wondering if this looks right to you.

It has in it...

1gal of 100% Apple Juice with nothing in it
2cups of Sugar
30 Raisins for yeasty food
1 packet of bread yeast (yea I know it isn't the best choice)

It was put together on 6-10-11 and has been bubbling just fine shortly after the yeast was pitched in dry.... I don't have a Hydrometer yet, but looking to get one.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:50 AM   #2
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Looks fine to me. You probably won't need the blow off tube! Most of mine only have a small amount of bubbles along the surface.

 
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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looks like you're on the right track! you don't need the raisins, apple juice ferments fine with no additions, but they will boost the alc % a tiny bit and add interesting flavors, i would chop them roughly next time if you didn't already. and splurge the 75 cents for ale/wine yeast; pretend it's christmas in june

 
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:47 PM   #4
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splurge the 75 cents for ale/wine yeast; pretend it's christmas in june
Not all of us can be as rich as you.

 
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:25 PM   #5
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The next batch maybe I will get a an ale yeast to use. This is my second brew, the first one I did was Mead.

How long do you think it will take before I can rack it the first time. It is bubbling about every second.

 
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:14 PM   #6
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Looks fine to me. You probably won't need the blow off tube! Most of mine only have a small amount of bubbles along the surface.
That would be my air lock as I don't have any store bought ones yet...

 
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:01 AM   #7
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The next batch maybe I will get a an ale yeast to use. This is my second brew, the first one I did was Mead.

How long do you think it will take before I can rack it the first time. It is bubbling about every second.
I wait to rack until all the yeast has fallen out of suspension- usually four to five weeks. I figure this gives the yeasties some time to clean up some of the off-flavors, while ensuring fermentation is finished.

 
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:24 AM   #8
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The last couple of batches of cider I have made have been nothing but apple juice and ale yeast (Munton's). I have been very pleased. It ferments quickly, drops clear in about a month, and is a very smooth, still dry cider, ready to drink in just a few weeks. I'm thinking of making a bunch more in the next few months to give away for Christmas. I've made some decent tasting wines with bread yeast but wine or ale yeast clears so much better it's worth the few cents extra.
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:34 AM   #9
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Hey I just did something similar. My first experiment with an Apfelwein type drink (other experience I fermented plain apple cider last fall).

I used about 3 cups of sugar to a 1 gallon jug of apple juice. Left out the raisins, and used US-05 ale yeast. The plan is to let it sit for about 6-8 weeks, then bottle and leave until October-ish.

I will probably do a few more of these to keep a 'pipeline' going. They are so much easier to do than beer. And you don't really use any equipment when you ferment in the jug.

 
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:05 AM   #10
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You would be wise to get the hydrometer. I tried an apfelwine without one, followed a recipe, and ended up with something that finished sweet and strong as HELL. It was revolting. It was a waste of my money for the components and time. I bought a hydrometer that week lol.

 
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