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Old 08-23-2011, 02:51 PM   #1
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I am currently trying a basic hard cider recipe. Itís been fermenting about 2 weeks but still seems cloudy. There is about a cm of sediment on the bottom, and the airlock releases a bubble every few minutes. I choose a store bought gallon of pasteurized apple juice, but I donít know if it is filtered or not. I assume it was since itís from concentrate, but is that necessarily so? Is it possible to have store bought apple juice and still be unfiltered?

I donít mind it being cloudy, but maybe I should rack it or bottle it and give it some time?

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1 gallon of apple juice
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp of yeast nutrient
1 packet of K1V-1116

 
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:52 PM   #2
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When i made my first cider, i used trader joes brand unfiltered apple cider. I took a while for all of the sediment to fall out, but it cleared up. Not perfectly clear, but not bad either.

Fair warning, ciders can take a while to be "good". I primary cider for 1 month, then secondary for 1 month, then condition in bottle for 3 months. I (and wifey) wont even consider tasting before he 3 month bottle mark. It seems like a long time, but once you have a pieline going its fine and the cider tastes way better.

 
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:46 PM   #3
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2 weeks? The yeast is still quite active and in suspension. I usually ferment 2-4 weeks (depends on my schedule) and secondary about the same. Then it goes in the keg, and will eventually find its way into the kegerator. Once it's in there, it'll clarify nicely.

If it hasn't clarified well when you're ready to keg, you can add 1 tsp of gelatin (that you've rehydrated in 1/2 cup of water and diluted over heat but NOT boiled) and put that at the bottom of the keg before racking.

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Old 08-23-2011, 08:07 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. I guess I'll just have to be more patient!

 
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:10 PM   #5
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Yea. My last one fermented steady for a full month. They are very slow!

 
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:52 AM   #6
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There are more and more unfiltered apple juice/cider products on the market these days. I think an unfiltered will generally lead to a tastier product as filtering, while making the juice clear, does take out some of the elements that add flavor. It should clear fine, given the time, unless it was heat pasteurized, which is quite likely, in which case it may not clear completely. If it tastes good, though, who cares?

 
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:49 PM   #7
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You might not have a great flavour from concentrate. 100% juice is much better apparently...

But yeah, certainly give it time, cider is a much slower fermenter than beer. I usually wait until the primary is totally clear before racking off!

 
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:47 PM   #8
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I used Simply Apple and it never cleared, I had it crash cooling for over a month in tertiary. I see no issue. It tastes great, that's about all that matters.

 
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