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Old 10-14-2012, 07:06 PM   #1
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Default Apple juice, apple cider, or it doesn't matter?

Which type is "best" to buy from the grocery for making hard cider? Does one produce a better hard cider?


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Old 10-14-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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This is what I get:


This is the ingredients list:
Apple Juice, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

Other acceptable ingredients are filtered water and apple juice concentrate.

Don't get anything that has any kind of sorbate or sulphite in it.


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Old 10-15-2012, 01:15 AM   #3
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I use cider simply because I have an orchard and make my own. I use it the day it is pressed, and all I add is k-meta to kill wild yeast. No sugar, no water, just apples.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:29 AM   #4
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I use indian summer cider. I also use 1lb. Per gallon of corn sugar. Mixed with4 cinnamon sticks, 1 tblsp of nutmug, ginger, 6 whole cloves.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:30 AM   #5
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I use indian summer cider. I also use 1lb. Per gallon of corn sugar. Mixed with4 cinnamon sticks, 1 tblsp of nutmug, ginger, 6 whole cloves. I'm looking at about 8.75-9.25% starting og is 1.072
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:36 AM   #6
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In the fall winter when i can easily get cider i use that and then use regular Publix apple juice in the summer,either works fine but they do taste different.
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so you can use pasteurized apple juice?
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In the fall winter when i can easily get cider i use that and then use regular Publix apple juice in the summer,either works fine but they do taste different.
Is one noticeably better than the other, or just different?
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so you can use pasteurized apple juice?
Yes
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so you can use pasteurized apple juice?
Pasteurized is not a problem.

Preservatives (sorbate, sulphite) ARE a problem.


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