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Old 09-16-2012, 01:51 AM   #1
Feb 2011
Westwood, NJ
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Ok, i've got an oktoberfest party coming up on october 20th. That's a little over a month from now. I have got 10 gallons of oktoberfest ready to go, but have been toying with the idea of a cider. Is there any way i can do a cider that will taste really good in less than a month? I can keg and force carb. I was thinking of something with just juice, no added sugar to keep the gravity low. Fresh pressed juice from a local cider mill (haven't even looked into this, not sure if juice is even available yet, i guess that could totally kill the whole idea), a simple ale yeast fermented cool so it's nice and crisp, and cold crash it to halt fermentation with a little residual sugar left.

So can it be done?
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Keg #2 - Janet's Brown Lite
Keg #3 - Blonde ale w/ Huell melon hops
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:29 AM   #2
Jul 2012
Houston, TX
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Probably. I'm in the process of brewing apfelwein right now and edwort says it's supposedly ready in 5 weeks. But then a lot of people says its not good until at least 6 months.

Like you said, doing a low gravity cider without any added sugar would be your best bet so that it would require less aging.

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Old 09-16-2012, 02:35 AM   #3
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Apfelwein IS NOT apple cider. Totally different yeast mean totally different products and totally different fermentation processes. I recently used White Labs WLP775 English Cider Yeast on a batch of fresh pressed apple cider with enough corn sugar added to give me an OG of 1.046. 2 weeks in primary followed by one week in secondary to aid clearing and it's good to go with a FG of 1.006--nice and crisp with enjoyable sweetness. This stuff is so easy to make, and so easy to make so that it tastes great, that I wish I'd started years ago.

Anyway, best of luck!

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