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Old 11-26-2012, 03:25 AM   #1
Apr 2011
Oregon City, Oregon
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So I took my first shot at an apple cider recently. It has been in the primary for about a month and a half so far. All the sediment has dropped leaving it very clean. So I decided to use the thief and take a taste. It tastes like a good white wine with little to no apple tastes. Since I have not done this before I don't really know what to expect. Will the apple flavor come with age? Do I need to do something in a secondary? I want a dry product but still have a apple note. And assistance would help.

Recipe included
5 gallons of farm fresh apple cider
1 lbs of light brown sugar
1 lbs of honey
Dry wine yeast ( can't remember what my LHBS recommended)

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Old 11-26-2012, 04:12 AM   #2
Nov 2012
Hillsboro, Oregon
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You can back sweeten the batch using frozen concetrate or add a flavoring to the batch right before bottling.

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Old 11-26-2012, 12:19 PM   #3
Nov 2011
Finger Lakes, NY
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Age will help, as will carbonation. How's the acidity? Adding malic acid can also bring out some fresh apple character.
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To ask you in to drink hard cider

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Old 11-26-2012, 02:49 PM   #4
Oct 2012
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Age brings the flavor back. Carb does help it also. I have also used apple concentrate. Letting it age is the best way I have found and its the best flavor also.

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