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SnyderCider

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I’m planning on doing a batch of hard cider with unpasteurized apple cider from a local farm. So far the only batch that I have done has been with pasteurized apple juice and yeast. Do you need to add yeast to something that is unpasteurized?
 

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You need to make sure it doesn't have preservatives added. Unpasteurized juice from an orchard (sold in 1 gallon plastic jugs like milk or distilled water) usually has benzoates or sorbates and won't ferment.
 

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Well, technically if you don't want to add yeast to unpasteurized apple juice, you don't have to(as long as, like z-bob mentioned it doesn't have benzoates or sorbates). Leave the juice exposed to air to pick up 'wild' yeast, which will do the same thing, fermenting the sugar to alcohol. I would still add yeast as it is more controlled.
 

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If you go to the cider forum and search unpasteurized, you'll be entertained for hours!😉
I’m planning on doing a batch of hard cider with unpasteurized apple cider from a local farm. So far the only batch that I have done has been with pasteurized apple juice and yeast. Do you need to add yeast to something that is unpasteurized?
 
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