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Old 11-01-2012, 09:04 AM   #11
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Have you tried this with an already spiced cider? (Minus the cinnamon sticks) I was thinking of trying to make a cider with Trader Joe's spiced cider for the holiday season and this looks like a great starter recipe for that. I would imagine that it would fit right in as long as both juices OG are the same. Did you happen to check that before mixing this all together?
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:29 AM   #12
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I would caution you that everything I've read about using spices before the primary ferment says not to. Usually it's claimed that it leads to off flavors. I did not check the gravity of the juice itself.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:15 AM   #13
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OK I didn't do any research as far as that's concerned so thanks for the heads up. I'm trying this with some unfiltered non-concentrated cider and some concentrated cans. THANKS!
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:47 AM   #14
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I started this 2 weeks ago and used Ryan's unfiltered cider. The cider itself was about 1.052 gravity but after adding everything I ended up with an OG of about 1.063. I just racked to a secondary on Saturday and had about a 1.022 gravity. I probably could have let it primary ferment another week but the taste was pretty good already and was still about 6% ABV. Letting it rack ferment for 3-4 weeks before I keg. So far I'm impressed with this easy recipe.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:22 AM   #15
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This sounds great - I've been looking for a solid and relatively easy cider to brew up with a new abv..and this fit perfect! How much of the cinnamon came through? Do you think adding an extra stick would still be good?
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:14 PM   #16
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Just did this exact recipe using motts apple juice and 30oz of light brown sugar. I'm OG was 1.060. Shouldn't it by higher?

Edit - I mixed it more thoroughly and ended up with a OG of 1.070.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:31 PM   #17
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Quote:
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This sounds great - I've been looking for a solid and relatively easy cider to brew up with a new abv..and this fit perfect! How much of the cinnamon came through? Do you think adding an extra stick would still be good?
I think it could definitely take another stick or two. I tend to ere on the side of caution and then work up. This recipe is really only a base. Jam some extra sticks in the secondary and as soon as she is right rack it.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:40 PM   #18
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what would be the best way to up the OG to 1.08 to get around a 10% ABV.
would doubling the brown sugar be enough.
what is the most ABV this yeast can handle?
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:32 PM   #19
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For that high of ABV, I would say it could be done with double the brown sugar, and possibly an extra can of concentrate. Or double the concentrate and do 1.5 times the brown sugar. Doing that, and getting 2 packets of yeast, and making a yeast starter, may help.
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Old 12-25-2012, 03:47 AM   #20
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great i think i will try the original recipe first then kick it up on the next one...
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