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jasonogle38

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I got a 4 gal. batch I'm working on and I just got my hydrometer. I'm looking and it's reading potential alcohol by volume 6.5 percent from the cider itself which is perfect. Every thing I read on here says add sugar. Thoughts?
 

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No reason why you have to add sugar. My dad has done the Apfelwien, but I myself have done cider without the sugar. If you think that 6.5% is your perfect ABV then leave it just where it is. More sugar will only bump up the ABV.
 

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If your expected abv is 6.5% it means you had good ripe apples, which should give a very tasty cider, no need for sugar.
 

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I got a 4 gal. batch I'm working on and I just got my hydrometer. I'm looking and it's reading potential alcohol by volume 6.5 percent from the cider itself which is perfect. Every thing I read on here says add sugar. Thoughts?
Really? There are tons of posts on here that suggest sugar is unnecessary.

The less things I can add to my cider, the better.

If you want more than 6-7% then add sugar. Otherwise leave it and let nature take its course.
 

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If it's been fermenting for a while already, you can't use the potential alcohol scale. To use that, you need to sample it before pitching yeast. If your cider has been fermenting for more than a day or two, it's useless.

If you have any of the same juice leftover, you can take a reading off that though.
 
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