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  1. P

    What happened to my batch?

    Hi all! First time poster, long time lurker. I've been making ciders this past year and am around 5/6 batches in. I was trying to start another batch last night with EC-1118 (one packet for a 1 gallon batch) and some really good local, farm-fresh apple cider. However, when I checked on it this...
  2. sscroft128

    Bottle Cider in 9oz grolsch bottles?

    Hello all, I’m about ready to bottle a pear cider and I have a good supply of 9oz grolsch bottles. I plan to use priming drops, is it safe to use these smaller bottles with the drops or am I asking for trouble? Fermentation seems to have completely stopped so I’m thinking the smaller bottles...
  3. tf2


    I was at an orchard this weekend, and in among the regular trees was a single crabapple tree absolutely bursting with ripe red fruit. I tasted one, and it was sour and astringent but tasty. They sold apples by the bag, and those crabapples filled the gaps between the larger ones nicely. I...
  4. T

    What's on top of my Cider?

    My batch has currently been in its secondary fermentation container for the last 2 weeks and I noticed today some white material forming on the surface. I'm not too sure if this is mold or the cider is infected. Has anyone experienced this before or know what it is? Photos attached
  5. laurakeating

    What's wrong with my cider?

    This is my first batch ever. I used a storebought, pasteurized, 100 percent juice with a wild yeast starter I made from storebought apple juice and organic berries. A few days into fermentation I noticed stuff growing on top that smelled like yeast. What is it? My cider doesn't smell bad, it...
  6. Fern0022

    Clearing Agent Question

    Does anyone know if there is a limit on how long clearing agents can be allowed to work before getting them (along with the sediment) out of the product? I’ve been using Super Kleer with great success in my cider/meads. The longest I’ve allowed it to work is about 2 weeks. I can’t find any...
  7. C

    Carbonation and Sweeter Cider?

    Are there any tips for beginner brewers on how to have a slightly sweeter than fully fermented cider with carbonation? I know it is said to be difficult, but I'm wondering if anyone has any tips. I would prefer to not back sweeten in the glass if at all possible. I read a bit about Camden...
  8. C

    Yeast Recs?

    I'm going to start my second batch of cider in a few weeks and I'm curious to try a different yeast than I did last year. Before I used a cider yeast. What is a yeast that would be good for sweetness and apple flavor? And is something that is easy to work with for beginners? I've read about...
  9. C

    Sweating Apples for Cider

    This is my second time making hard cider and this year I'm interested in trying to sweat my apples, especially because I was not entirely satisfied with the sweetness level of my first batch of cider. I'm hoping that sweating my apples can help this somewhat. After tasting all the apples from...
  10. V

    Cider with Autumn Olive berries

    So I’m planning my October cider batches and I just stumbled upon a shrub called Autum Olives / Autumn Berry / Silver berries. I didn’t know about these (invasive) shrubs before but I have access to one laden with edible and astringent berries. I’m thinking these might be great at adding to my...
  11. D

    Cider aging on lees in fermentor

    Hello I am looking at trying to age some cider before kegging. I currently only have one keg. What I planned on doing was as follows Once fermented to required FG Transfer cider from fermentor in to a 30lt/8 gal food grade storage drum with double air locks. Once in the drum purge the O2 out...
  12. Fern0022

    Cider Bottle Carb Issue

    I’m having issues with my cider bottles carbing. I used fresh grolsch flip top bottles and one plastic coke bottle (w/hot glue) to gauge the average pressure. After 10 days the coke bottle had not firmed up. I popped one of the glass bottles and it’s flat. It’s darn good and strong, but I prefer...
  13. noobcuber

    Bulk pasteurising for still cider

    Hi people, I'm planning to make cider for the first time this autumn and I have a question about pasteurisation. I'm aware of stovetop pasteurising in bottles to give control over sugar content and carbonation. However, I would prefer to make sweet cider without any carbonation. Is there any...
  14. M

    Rhubarb flowers

    My rhubarb was flowering, so I removed the flowers. They have some rhubarb flavour and sourness, I think oxalic acid. Apparently they are a delicacy somewhere. I wondered about adding some to Cider. They are now waiting on the freezer. Has anyone tried this?
  15. B

    PineApple Cider

    Testing a new recipe - would appreciate your thoughts. Trying a 1 gallon test of PineApple cider. Started with .5 gallon Trader Joe's honey crisp cider and .5 gallon grocery store apple juice. Combined OG @ 1.052. Pitched harvested/cleaned yeast from last batch of cider. Primary fermentation is...
  16. Sr_X

    How to start brewing cider

    Hello there. I am absolutely new to the brewing world, however I would ardently like to prepare my own cider. Short story, I lived on a country where finding cider was easy, and then after a few years, the situation changed and the country where I am located now has a lot of fruits, but...
  17. S

    Sour tasting ciders and mead. What gives?

    Hi guys. So all ciders and even mead came out SOUR tasting. They are dry as i used Montrachet yeast. I even tried Premier Blanc and both yield dry but SOUR taste. I'm ok with dry but sour taste notes bother a bit. I am looking for opposite of that, slightly sweet. Same thing happened with my...
  18. D

    First Cider Brew - Water Question

    How important is it to boil all the water that will be used to make my first Apple Cherry Cider? The instructions say to boil 1 gallon of water and dissolve 2 lb of dextrose, add to fermenter once it is cooled then top up to 6 gallons. Should the top up water be boiled also? I'm using RO...
  19. Rottenfence

    Adding apples to cider batch.

    Hey guys! I just made 5 gallons of cider. It’s currently fermenting. I added a huge store bought sliced honey crisp apple into the fermentor. The knife, the cutting board everything I used was 100% sanitized except the apple. I totally forgot to rinse it off.. will this be a problem? thank...
  20. Charly

    Pear cider has weird, chalky bubbles?

    Hi everyone! Sorry if this is too much of a beginner's question; this is basically my 3rd time making hard pear cider, and it's the first time I get these. It's the 5th day; everything smells just fine, sugar content is dropping as expected, but the surface of the batch is is full of this...