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Aug 27, 2021
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I’ve been fine tuning several cider recipes in 1gal glass carboys (apple, blueberry, mango, apple pie, pineapple, peach, grape). Eventually I plan to scale the ones I like best up to 5gal buckets.

My best results have all come from pitching strait apple primaries, then racking onto the different whole fruit and/or juices at secondary.

I was about ready to pitch five more (pear, blackberry, cherry, cranberry, strawberry) when I acquired a nice 5gal glass carboy.

Is there any reason not to pitch a single 5gal apple cider primary, then rack it into 5 separate single gallon carboys to test out the remaining recipes?
For 5 gallons in primary, I use a 6.5 gallon carboy or a bucket. With a 5 gallon carboy, I'll put 4-4.5 gallons in there.
Quick follow question on ABV when adding fruit juice to secondary.

5gal recipe and results…
5 gal Nature’s Nectar Apple Juice
1 packet Mangrove Jack Cider Yeast M02
5 tsp yeast nutrient
2.5 tsp pectic enzyme
OG: 1.047
FG: 1.00 (~6.2% ABV)

I added fresh pressed juice from each fruit into 5 separate carboys & topped them off with the original 5gal of fermented cider.

New OG: 1.02
FG: 1.00
New OG: 1.06
FG: 1.00
New OG: 1.04
FG: 1.00
New OG: 1.08
FG: 1.00
New OG: 1.02
FG: 1.00

How do I measure the current ABV of these individual ciders????
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