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Old 12-06-2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default Complete begginer - set up help needed

Hi All, I have been lurking here for a few days and really need your help. I would like to start making my own cider but really need your advice before I invest in the right kit. There are lots of Cider Starter kits for sale but I want to get decent kit so as to make good quality cider. Can you offer me some advice as to how much it will cost (I thought around 60??) and what/where is best place to buy. Like I said I am a complete novice (but an enthusiastic one!) based in Rugby, Warwickshire. Thank you

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Old 12-06-2008, 02:07 PM   #2
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Do you have any links to cidermaking kits, so we can look to see what they have.

It seems to me to make cider, you don't need anything more than a fermenter, and airlock, and maybe a hydrometer to check the status of fermentation, an autosiphon to move the cider from the fermenter, a bottling bucket with spigot and wand, and some sanitizer.

A rough calculation in Us Dollars for that stuff would be about 50-60 dollars. A 5 gallon Better Bottle costs about 20 dollars, the autosiphon 10, another 10 for the bottling bucket/spigot/wand, 7 for the hydrometer and another 5 or 6 for the test jar, 2 for the airlock, and maybe another 10 for the sanitizer.

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Old 12-07-2008, 10:50 PM   #3
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Try Art of Brewing in Chessington Surrey they have a web site and are really helpful UK Homebrew Shop | Beer kits | Winemaking Kits | Cider Presses | Home brewing | kegs | barrels | microbrewery | yeast | fruit. you will need a two fermenting bins, a bubbler some campden tablets, and some yeast, hydrometer all for around 30 (thats off the top of my head) then search for Turbo cider on this site using concentrate apple juice, art of brewing also do some cider brew kits. Then next year when the apples are back you can go further maybe with your own press. Hope this helps good luck
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Honestly, the simplest kit you could buy is a gallon jug of applejuice and a packet of bread yeast at the grocery store. It won't taste as good as if it were made with beer or cider yeast from the homebrew store, but it'd definitely work as an experiment.
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:52 PM   #5
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Well what's wrong with Edwort's recipe as a starter? It has one hell of a lot of followers.
I realise he terms it 'Apfelwein' but unadulterated it comes out around 9% so consider it comes in as a cider, at the higher end admittedly, but you'd pick up the basic ingredients easily enough where you are.
Juice (without any preservatives), dextrose and a packet of yeast. Then a carboy, Better Bottle type would be good, an airlock, bit of racking hose for the finish. Oh, and a hydrometer would be handy too.
When you bottle you can, carefully, go direct from your carboy. It's based on the KISS principle,

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Old 12-10-2008, 11:09 PM   #6
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Forget about adding sugar for the first batch, at least that's my opinion. You can get a better idea about cider without going to heavy on alcohol.

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