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Old 12-22-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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I started hard cider 7 days ago, how much longer and how do you guys bottle, thisi was only 1 gallon. and airlock activuty is at every 40 seconds.


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Old 12-22-2012, 01:43 AM   #2
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You try a sample yet?

I bottled my first cider after 7 days. Came out great. But I'm relatively new so my advice might not be worth much.

I used a mixture of home made apple cider and store bought cider, sugars of various types, and champagne yeast. I also made a batch around one gallon. I didn't pasteurize because it was consumed before it could become a problem but I had great carbonation, good flavor, good abv. I have a two gallon batch going now, slightly different recipe using a different wine yeast and different apple juice. The sample I took at 7 days was great. Pretty dry, which is how I like it. Ill probably bottle tomorrow (8 days) . Ill back sweeten most of it since i made it for the ladies. I have beer after All, so I drink that.


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Old 12-22-2012, 06:39 PM   #3
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so did you bottle it like beer? I mean did you add priming sugar, and cap it in beer bottles? I said mine was a week, its actually been 2 weeks. I guess I could get the turkey baster out and take a gravity reading and a shot of it. Did yours hit 8% abv?
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You try a sample yet?

I bottled my first cider after 7 days. Came out great. But I'm relatively new so my advice might not be worth much.

I used a mixture of home made apple cider and store bought cider, sugars of various types, and champagne yeast. I also made a batch around one gallon. I didn't pasteurize because it was consumed before it could become a problem but I had great carbonation, good flavor, good abv. I have a two gallon batch going now, slightly different recipe using a different wine yeast and different apple juice. The sample I took at 7 days was great. Pretty dry, which is how I like it. Ill probably bottle tomorrow (8 days) . Ill back sweeten most of it since i made it for the ladies. I have beer after All, so I drink that.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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I would bottle mine next fall. I like a clear cider, with no crap on the bottom of the bottle, and no bottle bombs.
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I keg mine after about 3 weeks primary. I use a few tsp of pectic enzyme, they are always crystal clear from the start. Just done 2 so far, used S-04 for both.
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Ill have to check out the pectic next time im at the brew store. I looked at my calender. I thought it had been 2 weeks. I realise its only been 10 days. Took a grav. reading for the heck of it. it dropder from 160 to 158 only 2 marks. I guess it has a long way to go. I sampled the test cider and it was ok, but it seemed like it had a acidy kick to it. Is that normal?


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