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Old 10-07-2011, 04:50 AM   #1
brkoerner
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im thinking bout trying to make some hard cider but since i live in tx i cant get a hold of any real cider to start with and the stuff in the store has the preservatives in it. so my first question is can i use apple juice and if so have any of yall done so and have any tips?

secondly how long does the whole process take? (mainly fermenting and conditioning)
if i start a batch in bout a week could i have some done for thanksgiving this year?



 
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:23 AM   #2
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Hey brkerner,
Theres a very good video series on youtube by this guy named Craig, He walks you through step by step on fermenting store bought apple juice into hard cider. heres the link, hope this helped cheers!



 
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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If you live in a town with a Sprouts (I'm in Austin), they do an unfiltered store brand apple juice that is very cidery.

 
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:59 PM   #4
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in lubbock all we have is walmart, united, lowes, and market street (which im gonna check out)

whats the brand of apple juice that sprouts has

 
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:16 PM   #5
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roughly how long does it take to ferment?
do yall bottle it in beer bottles and so do yall add sugar so itll be carbed?

 
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:28 PM   #6
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It is sprouts brand. It is not cider, but if you decide to use apple juice, Tree Top is what A lot of folks use for EdWort's apfelwein. Pasteurized is good, preservatives are bad (though ascorbic acid is fine). Fermentation time will vary depending on yeast, temperature, available nutrients (add a capsule of yeast nutrient) and there can be advantages to letting it bulk age past the end of fermentation. Carbed or not carbed can be a preference issue, but you don't have to choose one or the other. My last apfelwein I bottled half, added 2 1/2 oz of corn sugar to the bottling bucket then bottled the rest.

 
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:23 PM   #7
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ok went to stores and united has pure apple cider that will work.

2 quick questions
would bakers yeast work
also would those water jugs work

or should i get some brewers and a better bottle/carboy

 
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:01 PM   #8
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bakers yeast- hmmm why not pay the 2 bucks for something else
jugs- yup

 
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:36 PM   #9
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ok thanks for the help.

ok i started 2.5 gal of cider today. how long should i leave it in the fermentor before bottling also when i bottle it to carb it is pure cane sugar?

 
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:41 PM   #10
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It's gonna be fermenting for quite some time friend. I started two separate 1gal batches about a week ago, and the air locks are still very active. It’s very common for ciders to ferment for weeks rather than beer which only ferments for days. You will have a reasonable about of lees or in beer terms "trub" on the bottom of the jugs, some will rack the cider off after fermentation and transfer to a secondary jug. Others will keep the cider on the lees because they believe it adds taste and nutrients to the cider. It's all about personal preference. Hope this helped



 
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