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Old 10-08-2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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Hi HBT

This is my first time here and will be my first time brewing But i need some advice.
As i said i want to start brewing my own cider. Iv been looking around for a while at other posts and have decided i would like to start off by making some "Turbo Cider" as it sounds simple and i just want to get to grips with the whole Brewing scene first.

Is there a basic recipe i could use as a beginner to follow? iv heard adding sugar will make a stronger cider but adding too much can ruin it completely so how much is enough? And will using bread yeast be ok for Turbo Cider or would it be worth grabbing another type?

I Have a 1 Gallon DJ btw. If anybody would be kind enough to link me to or post a step by step Recipe that would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Alot In Advance


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Old 10-08-2008, 02:13 PM   #2
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Buy any ale, cider, or wine yeast, they will all do better then bread yeast. I can promise you that though personal experience. Ale and cider yeasts have better chances of leaving some residual sweetness, but don't expect much, because it is easy to ferment cider to complete dryness. Also, don't add sugar. It not only ups the abv and makes the cider dryer, but it also means longer fermentation and longer aging.

Buy some good preservative free juice or cider, pitch your yeast and wait. You can rehydrate your yeast, but I don't find it necessary. Make sure you have a bung and airlock on your gal. jug, the co2 has to be able to escape as it is being produced.

Also, don't expect anything "turbo". If you ferment just straight juice, it should finish fermenting in just a few weeks. Once it is completely clear, as in you can read a newspaper through the jug (if its glass or at least clear) then you can bottle. You can drink it as soon as you want, but the longer you wait, I promise you the better it will taste.


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Old 10-08-2008, 05:00 PM   #3
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Thanks alot for the quick reply. really cleared alot of things up for me.

Much appreciated.
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Old 10-08-2008, 05:04 PM   #4
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You don't say where you are from.

Looking at your profile you're an 18 yo female.

If this is true then it's illegal for you to make any alcohol.
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18 years old is old enough in the UK to brew. It's fine.

I'd try just fermenting the cider without sugar at first- that way you can see the process and it'll be pretty quick and easy and give you about 5-6% ABV cider.

After that if you want to experiment, then you have the basics down.
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I'm guessing if they are willing to use bread yeast, they are not of age
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[quote=YooperBrew;886535]18 years old is old enough in the UK to brew. quote]I am aware of that Yoop...just not sure where the OP is from...
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underage drinking is fine in my book
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Aren't you a little old to me undergae drinking?
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18 years old is old enough in the UK to brew. quote]I am aware of that Yoop...just not sure where the OP is from...
I DO know where they are from. So, let's leave this ok.

From here on, everyone please either offer helpful advice or refrain from posting remarks.


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