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Old 01-20-2009, 01:59 AM   #1
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I recently got a coopers microbrew set but thought I would have a burl at making some cider first. I used one of those cans, can't think of the name right now, that comes with the little sachets of nutrients and yeast.
Of course I set it all up a couple of days ago with the temperatue going from 15 overnight to 37 during the day so whilst running around trying to cool it and then warming it to keep a constant temperature I keep worrying about my baby.
I was wondering whether anyone else here has had experience with these pre made cider kits and how they turn out...
Also I am very intrigued that all you americans have gallon jugs of juice, that is ridiculous. Cheers, bros.

 
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:58 AM   #2
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Insulating your fermenter is a good idea or you can place it in a large water bucket to help stabilize the temperature.

I've made cider from frozen concentrate, but not from a kit.

Gallon jugs are the container of choice for 'local' ciders. I get mine from an orchard halfway between my place and Portland. In season, they crush, press and fill glass jugs 16 hours a day. A #6 stopper fits the jug, so I can unscrew the top, tap in some nutrients and yeast, then plug in one of my airlocks.

I reuse the jugs for meads and other small batches.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:02 AM   #3
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I use litre tetra-packed apple juice... Gallon Jugs would be sweet...

Never done the coopers cider kit though, sorry.
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