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Old 08-15-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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what's the shelf life of unpasteurized hard cider vs pasteurized? I am making some now and I believe it will be 9 or 10%. Will it go bad if I rack it and keep it in a car boy (filled to the top) for a year or two? should I pasteurize it after I ferment it? I'm thinking heat it to 140f for 30 min.


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You don't need to pasteurize. As long as you're careful to not oxidize the cider (pasteurized or not) it'll "keep" just fine. I have bottles of cider, mead and wine that are years old.
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That's good to know, thanks. I couldn't think of any reason for it to go bad, but after reading other peoples post saying how unpasteurized would only last 8 months, I was worried especially since im picking and pressing my own apples with a goal of 55 gallons.
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