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  1. J

    New to cider brewing

    What sweetener would you recommend CM? Or none at all?
  2. J

    Pitching yeast into apple juice for cider

    yeah, I actually started a batch with no sugar about a month ago, racked it into a secondary last weekend, and just took a taste a little bit ago. I'm already pleased with the flavor! It measured out at .002 so I think it is basically ready to bottle. How long do you typically let yours age...
  3. J

    If I wanted the alcohol content to be higher..

    I did this today and added .25# dextrose per gallon to my juice before pitching the yeast. I have also heard you can use apple juice concentrate - even after you rack to a secondary.
  4. J

    Pitching yeast into apple juice for cider

    Thanks RedlegEd. I think I will try the concentrate on my next batch. I have heard that is a good method as well.
  5. J

    Pitching yeast into apple juice for cider

    Thanks for the raisin advice MSaylor!
  6. J

    Pitching yeast into apple juice for cider

    Thanks for the great advice Calder! I am starting my four jugs today, so I will combine all 4 gallons and add back. I do have a hydrometer so I plan on taking initial readings for this batch. Only .25#/gallon you say? I have read and heard different amounts. Has anyone in the community...
  7. J

    Pitching yeast into apple juice for cider

    Thanks for you advice tooldudetool. Yes my initial I am doing in the plastic jugs, but I bought some glass jugs to rack into a secondary. I do not have any yeast nutrient. Are there any alternates I can use in lieu of the nutrient? Did I hear to use raisins somewhere?
  8. J

    A few questions about starting a batch of cider

    Thanks much for your advice! I am using juice, so the initial ferment is going on in a plastic juice bottle and not a bucket. By stirring a couple times a day I would need to sanitize a stirring stick or spoon every time correct? Could I instead swirl or jiggle the juice bottle a bit trying...
  9. J

    A few questions about starting a batch of cider

    Hi there! I am going to start some more cider this weekend, and had a few questions about the specifics of this task: - I have 4 different yeasts to try out on 4 different gallons of apple juice. Can I add the entire packet of yeast to a gallon, or is that too much? - I plan on adding .5#...
  10. J

    Pitching yeast into apple juice for cider

    I am going to start some more cider this weekend, and had a few questions about the specifics of this task: - I have 4 different yeasts to try out on 4 different gallons of apple juice. Can I add the entire packet of yeast to a gallon, or is that too much? - I plan on adding .5#...
  11. J

    Suggestions please for top notch juice

    Thanks for the info!
  12. J

    Suggestions please for top notch juice

    I live in Williamsburg and did not know that you could buy straight up juice from Ablemarle Ciderworks. That is great news CMcPherson! Do you know what it costs per gallon?
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