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Author Topic: New member. First cider.  (Read 1987 times)

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New member. First cider.
« on: April 16, 2017, 01:44:04 AM »
Hey guys, new member here. I've been a fan of craft beer and home brews for many years. Just recently decided to jump in and start myself. I have a few gallons of JAOM fermenting away and wanted to make a cider. Here is what I did.
4.5 gallons Mott's all natural apple juice.
4 lbs brown sugar
I cinnamon stick broken up by hand
1 cup all natural cherry juice
1 package red star pastuer champagne yeast.
2 boxes raisins for nutrient.
OG came in about 1.080.
Should I assume a 2 week fermentation period? I'm aiming for a ABV between 13-15%. Any feedback would be great. Thanks and I'm happy to be here. 17!

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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 02:15:32 AM »
Hi and welcome to the crew. I have only done one cider and it was pretty shit so I am no expert but I think the guys who make them regularly leave them go for 3-4 weeks. cheers.
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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 05:53:50 PM »
welcome aboard

when i do ciders, i usually let them sit for 1 month before doing anything.
i have used that same yeast and it will take it down to .995 no problem.
you will have a very dry cider, if you keg no problem just back sweeten with some frozen concentrate.
i usually will add 2-3 cans depending on my mood.
sounds like you will have a nice strong cider at the end.
keep us posted on the outcome
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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 02:03:06 PM »
With the extra sugar I added I'm not seeing much fermentation after the first 28 hours or so. Airlock isn't bubbling yet but you can see a tiny bit of activity on the surface. When should I consider re-pitching? If I have to do so should I make a yeast starter so I know the little guys are active going in? If I do that, should I oxygenate the mix more before pitching or just pour it in and let it work? Oh..I was going to take another gravity reading around the 48 hour mark to see if there is any fermentation. Thanks again!
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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 08:23:44 PM »
If there is small bubbles on the surface its going.
Are you sure your lid is on tight? Or the airlock isn't leaking?
If I remember correctly that yeast was a very fast yeast and put off a strong smell.
I called it apple gas.  :o
I would check the gravity if it has dropped I would leave it for 5-7days and then take another reading. Again if it has dropped more just let it ride for another 1-2 weeks.
Patience is the worst part of brewing  ;)
Hang in there and keep us posted
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Keg 1- HB Blonde ale v2
Keg 2- Simcoe/Amarillo Pale ale
Keg 3- HB Peach Sour
Keg 4- NB Puggled IPA
Keg 5- 17 Red ale
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FV1-  Chocolate Milk Stout
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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 06:26:59 PM »
If there is small bubbles on the surface its going.
Are you sure your lid is on tight? Or the airlock isn't leaking?
If I remember correctly that yeast was a very fast yeast and put off a strong smell.
I called it apple gas.  :o
I would check the gravity if it has dropped I would leave it for 5-7days and then take another reading. Again if it has dropped more just let it ride for another 1-2 weeks.
Patience is the worst part of brewing  ;)
Hang in there and keep us posted
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Well. It's fermenting just fine. My rookie butt simply didn't have enough water in the airlock to make it bubble. I added a little purified water to get it to the fill line and it's bubbling once every second or so. Lol

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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 07:30:26 PM »
No worries everyone misses something one time or another.
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use Starsan or vodka in your air lock just in case it gets sucked back in the fermenter your safe.
Glad to hear its going good!
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Keg 1- HB Blonde ale v2
Keg 2- Simcoe/Amarillo Pale ale
Keg 3- HB Peach Sour
Keg 4- NB Puggled IPA
Keg 5- 17 Red ale
Keg 6- NB Oktoberfest
Keg 7-
FV1-  Chocolate Milk Stout
FV2-  HB Lager #4
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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 09:35:46 PM »
Starsan was the water in there, topped it with the purified.

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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2017, 08:12:31 PM »
So it seemed to stop fermenting last night. This evening I took a sample and the SG is down to 0.995. Brewers freind gives me a ABV of 11.16%. it tastes like a nice dry wine at the moment. Plan to back sweeten it and bottle condition for about a week,  after the desired carbonation is reached I'll pasturize the bottles. I do plan on filling a couple 2 liters to freeze for apple jack.

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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2017, 09:25:01 PM »
great,
take a small soda bottle and bottle one that way when it gets solid and sounds like a drum the bottles are done.
saves from popping bottles open to test carbonation.
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Keg 1- HB Blonde ale v2
Keg 2- Simcoe/Amarillo Pale ale
Keg 3- HB Peach Sour
Keg 4- NB Puggled IPA
Keg 5- 17 Red ale
Keg 6- NB Oktoberfest
Keg 7-
FV1-  Chocolate Milk Stout
FV2-  HB Lager #4
Planning-

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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2017, 10:02:05 AM »
great,
take a small soda bottle and bottle one that way when it gets solid and sounds like a drum the bottles are done.
saves from popping bottles open to test carbonation.
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Thanks! Great tip.

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Re: New member. First cider.
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2017, 04:10:52 PM »
Bottled last night. Minus two plastic bottles filled for apple jack, and two glasses for my roommate and I to enjoy after bottling, the batch yeilded 42 bottles. Ended up using two cans of juice concentrate for backsweetening/priming. Tasted good out of the gate, should be quite enjoyable after a week. Thanks for the feedback everyone! Thinking of following this up with a nice Stout.

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