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Old 01-20-2009, 02:47 AM   #1
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hey everybody, just signed up to homebrewtalk today, seems like a great forum! I've done some brewing in the past, but am completely new to the cider world.... anybody have a 1 gallon cider recipe? i'm talking super bootleg...

1 gallon of all natural apple juce
standard sugar (how many cups for a one gallon batch?
bread yeast


1 gallon carlo rossi bottle, let it ferment for a week or two, then filter and enjoy.. would this work? i'm definitely not looking to store the stuff but plan on making and storing quality cider in the future.


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Old 01-20-2009, 02:50 AM   #2
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I'd recommend losing the bread yeast, and buying some cheap wine or ale yeast. You can find wine yeast for about $.79/pack. No need for sugar, if you don't want. It'll boost the ABV, but it'll also dry out the cider a bit and make it less "apple-y". My favorite cider recipe is simply apple cider with some yeast added, and allowed to ferment. After it's done, just siphon to bottles. (no need to filter- and a chance to ruin the cider by oxygenating it.)


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awesome, thanks for the quick response!
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How much sugar you add is dependent on what abv. you want to reach. Juice alone will get your 4-7% depending on how much sugar is present in it. And bread yeast is pretty sloppy in my opinion. So spend the $0.79 on real brewing yeast. And let it take longer then a week or two, you won't get very good brew in that time. You need a few months IMO
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Also, the more sugar you add, the longer it will take before the cider is drinkable (where drinkable is defined as tasting good vs forcing it down to get drunk)


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