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Old 10-03-2007, 06:16 PM   #1
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The instructions call for adding the yeast to a starter. The starter they describe is made of dried malt extract and water.

How do I make a cider starter?

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Old 10-03-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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Well, I'd dissolve the yeast in some of the juice diluted with water and a pinch of yeast nutrient. That should be good. Maybe 1/2 juice and 1/2 water (a cup or so of each) would be enough to get it going well.
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The instructions call for boiling the wort, should i boil the cider?
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I don't boil cider or juices that have been pasteurized. I don't boil cider or juice that hasn't been pasteurized, either, but then I use campden tablets.

If you boil cider, you'll set the pectin (think apple jelly) so, no, I wouldn't.
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An easy technique that I learned from a fellow brewer is to buy some of those cheap six packs of 10 oz bottles of apple juice from Walmart and when you need a starter, just open one, pour about 1/2 of it out, shake it up to aerate it, add your yeast to it and replace the cap or even better use an airlock. Check it frequently as the last one I did came alive and had about 1.5 inches of foam on top in only 3 hours.
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