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Old 02-04-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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Obviously this will vary a lot depending on the apple variety and all kinds of other growing factors but is there a rough range you can use to estimate?


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Old 02-04-2008, 07:13 PM   #2
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The two ciders I've made using real cider measured 1.068 and 1.064.

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Old 02-06-2008, 02:43 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Beerthoven
The two ciders I've made using real cider measured 1.068 and 1.064.
Interesting. I recently made a batch using generic apple juice (not cider), and it measure 1.044

All that extra "stuff" in cider adds 0.020 to the gravity, which I assume is mostly unfermentable? That would imply that hard cider made with cider, verses juice would be totally different, even if they tasted similar at the start.


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Old 02-06-2008, 03:56 PM   #4
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Well, in general I have seen people list apple juice anywhere from 1.04 to 1.06. I I find his info on unfiltered cider, totally believable. I used organic cider for my last batch. I let the extra stuff settle to the bottom, than poured it into another container, leaving as much non juice behind as possible. In doing this, I found that the juice was the sweetest apple juice I had ever had and was tempted not even to ferment the stuff it tasted so good. I didn't get a reading on it, but wouldn't be surprised to hear cider really does have that large of a range of sugar content.
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:49 PM   #5
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I have made from Cider from pressed apples 2 years in a row now. Both times the OG was 1.047, using an apple blend consisting in part of our one apple tree and the rest orchard 'seconds'.
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