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Old 06-10-2007, 09:19 PM   #1
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I was just at the LHBS buying stuff for my next beer, and I picked up some Nottingham for a cider I want to make. The guys there were telling me that I shouldn't use Nottingham though, and recommended a few White Labs yeasts like sweet mead or cider yeast. But I've seen people on here say the Nottingham is okay. So, just for the record, is it worth it to spend the extra five bucks on a special liquid yeast, or will I be fine with my good ol' dry packet?
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Old 06-10-2007, 10:44 PM   #2
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Do you want a dry cider? The Nottingham is a great choice. A Cider yeast will leave a little sweetness.
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Old 06-10-2007, 11:51 PM   #3
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Cool thanks. I think I want to try something dry first, as I'm often bothered by the stickiness of most ciders. I like them to be crisp and light. It's so cheap and easy to make, I'm not worried if it's not perfect the first time around. The time/energy/money commitment is a joke compared to brewing a batch of beer.
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:00 AM   #4
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I just made a batch of EdWort's Apfelwein and it is very dry, as it should be. It is great and very tasty but isn't a session cider so I am looking for something a little lighter (mostly for friends).

I was thinking about using 5 gallons of juice and Nottingham yeast, possibly some other flavorings. I think that will give a pretty good cider that won't knock you out after a couple glasses.

 
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:12 AM   #5
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That is, in fact, exactly what I'm making. About as simple as it could be. I plan on trying it with cinnamon and perhaps some other stuff the next time, but for now, I want to taste the basic flavor.
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:17 AM   #6
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Let me know how it goes. I plan to get this going in a few weeks.

 
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:49 AM   #7
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You have 1,453 posts here and are worried about what the guys at the LHBS say? I must say, I've been to several homebrew stores where the people were pretty uninformed. Nottingham will be great.

(not that I've made more than five gallons of cider in my life)

 
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:51 AM   #8
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Probably don't want you to buy Nottingham since their profit on that is like $.49 and its at least a couple bucks with liquid.

 
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:13 AM   #9
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You have 1,453 posts here and are worried about what the guys at the LHBS say? I must say, I've been to several homebrew stores where the people were pretty uninformed. Nottingham will be great.

(not that I've made more than five gallons of cider in my life)
Well, exactly. They're pretty clueless, but it gave me a half second of pause, and I just wanted to reaffirm what I already figured was okay. They have disappointed me with their knowledge on a number of occasions. And I was definitely thinking they were going for an upsell too.
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I normally just do straight juice, apple or apple & blackberry. No extra sugar. I have to buy apple juice, the deer & elk eat all of my apples. If the blackberry crop is good this year, I may just do a pure blackberry batch. They're free (except for the blood).
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