A fermented beverage made from apple juice

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Cider brewing, can I add pectolaze after fermentation started?

I'm making apple cider for the first time. I was careful about sanitizing, pasteurising, and adding campden, and I now have what seems to be nice fermentation in an airlocked demijohn. I did not have ...
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Apple Cider Beer the way my dad made it in the 80's?

Well, I have a question and you will be my personal hero if you can answer this for me so here goes: Back in the 80's my dad would make this awesome fermented apple cider. He would keep it on top of ...
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BJCP Category for Malted Cider

As the title suggests, looking to confirm which BJCP 2015 category would be most appropriate for a malted apple cider. In this recipe, the malt character comes from two sources: 1) DME boiled in ...
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Is beer more vulnerable to contamination than hard cider

I have made about 10 batches of hard cider. I have yet to have a contamination issue ruining a batch. I clean the carboy with washing up liquid and warm water. The bottles are the same. I use a juice ...
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How to back sweeten an apple wine

I'm going to brew an apple wine and would like this batch to be sweet. What is the best method to back sweeten an apple wine?
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Weird Film/Layer on cider in fermenter

My parents were making apple juice with some home grown apples and I decided to try and make cider. I added the juice to a demijohn and added some yeast and left to ferment. I put it away and ...
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Pressing own fruits/berries

I'm planning to make a berry cider this year and considering using fresh berries (raspberry or blackberry). Does any body knows basic stats on raspberries or blackberries, like how many pounds do ...
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Cider Kit has made a really bad eggy smell. Will this go away?

As Title sayes, Pretty new to the whole home brewing scene and I haven't really progressed past the kits yet. I've followed the instructions perfectly and I know I've been above careful when it comes ...
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Is this cider recipe I made ok?

The following is a cider recipe I made, slightly tweaking a previous one I had. Just curious if this will produce a drink that is safe to drink and won't explode as a bottle bomb or any other crazy ...
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Bottling hard cider

I made Hard Cider by essentially adding a packet of active dry yeast to a little less than a gallon of apple cider and some water with sugar that I boiled. One week later (today) I boiled one cup of ...
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Easy hard cider recipe

I'm looking for an easy hard cider recipe that doesn't take long to make and hopefully ends up like angry orchard or at least tasty. Recipe should take me from start to finish. I already tried to make ...
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How do I know if Hard Cider is bad?

I feel like it tastes like soap and/or baloon (I used a balloon as an airlock, but I'm not sure if it is just thinking that it tastes like balloon). It could be that this is the yeast...could be that ...
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My yeast won't ferment

I washed my fermenter out in meta bisulphate I then added a quarter teaspoon of bentonite followed by 12 litres of apple juice. My SG was 1060. I added 2lb of sugar for a stronger brew, SG then 1085. ...
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Hard cider funky taste

I made hard cider this way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G25FFvCpNoQ except I also added cranberries, a couple tablespoons of sugar, and cinnamon. And yes, I used Fleischmann's rapid rise yeast. ...
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How to bottle Hard Cider

I made hard cider this way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G25FFvCpNoQ except I also added cranberries, a couple tablespoons of sugar, and cinnamon. I was wondering after how long it will be done ...
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What ingredients contribute body to a cider?

I've been given a container of Suma concentrated apple juice,the concentrate used to make apple juice from concentrate, left over from a camp. I've made cider from it in the past, using just tap water ...
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What effect does room temp have on the cider fermentation process?

I'm new to the site. Been making cider for a couple of years now and still don't feel like I have it down. My latest batch, a recipe I've made many times, is not clearing like it usually does. It got ...
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How representative is the taste of cider after primary fermentation?

I'm brewing a Wilko Pear cider kit. The method was to empty the can of juice into the FV and add 1.5kg of brewing sugar and enough water to bring it up to 23L. I started it off just under 3 weeks ago ...
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no fermentation

I'm attempting my first batch of hard cider. I tried re-hydrating my yeast by mixing them with Go-Ferm and warm water, but the must never started fermenting so I added more dry yeast to the batch. Did ...
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1 liter of hard Apple cider left

So after activity had died down in the airlock, I've transferred into the secondary carboy and I've got just about 1 liter left over. Any suggestions? I have a couple of plastic bottles, but I'm ...
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Making an Ice Cider

Last fall I tried to make an Ice Cider. I have bought 3 gallons of pasteurized apple cider in plastic jugs. Original gravity of the cider was 1.050. I assumed, that bringin one gallon of juice to 1....
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Cider not fermenting

My first cider attempt. It's day three and see no activity in the airlock. So this is what I did. I juiced 20kg of apples and got just over 3 gallons of juice. I took a gravity reading of 1.050 at ...
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Cider with youngs wine yeast

I have made some cider from Apple juice and some mixed fruit juice to try and mimic something like a mixed fruit copperberg. I used youngs super wine yeast and no additional sugar so that the aim ...
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Cider fermentation stopped (or very slow)

I've brewed a bunch of ciders, all starting at OG about 1.060. I've always fermented with Safale S-04. 2 packets for 5-6 gallons of cider. Usually ferments for about 7-10 days. I'm now making a ...
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Manual for Cider

I've made mead numerous times thanks to Ken Schramm's The Compleat MeadMaker and always been pleased with the results. Is there an equivalent book for Cider? I.E. Just enough history, technique, ...
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Wild Farmhouse style Cider and BJCP Classification

Good day, community! I've got a dilemma. 3 month ago I made 3 different ciders (splitting one 3 ways) using the same blend of Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Red Delicious apples. It was a freshly ...
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Secondary for ciders and wines

Latest consensus seems to indicate that racking to a secondary when making beer in small scale is not recommended anymore. Is racking to a secondary still recommended for making ciders or wines? If ...
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Can I use quince as a direct replacement for bitter cider apples?

A search here for "quince" returned zero results, but that doesn't mean people haven't (or aren't) fermenting quince juice. I'm fermenting a half gallon of quince as a substitute for real tannic ...
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How to use priming sugar

I am about to bottle my first cider, and i have a 500g bag of priming sugar, from what i have read, i can either prime each bottle, or i can pour the sugar into the brewing vessel and stir it in if i ...
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Cider is opaque

My first cider has just gotten to 1.000 gravity on my hydrometer, and i plan on bottling it tomorrow, but i have just done a test to see how it looks, and even in a narrow container, it is pretty ...
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Should i use the syphon or tap?

I have recently started homebrewing, and my very first batch is a batch of cider that my wife requested I add raspberry and lime flavours to. My question is, my brewing tub has a tap fitted about 1.5"...
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Do I really need to clarify cider?

I have 2 one gallon batches of cider that have been fermenting away nicely for a month. They are Motts 100% natural cider with no preservatives. I used Nottingham, hoping to get a little residual ...
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Cider smells like nail polish remover (acetone). Tastes like juice, but also like it smells

Probably about halfway through fermenting a cysor (apple-honey). Smell is strong. Have a few carboys on the go, and only one has gone 'off' this way. Anyone know what happened or if a correction is ...
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Are my carboys going to break when my outdoor cider brew freezes?

No room to bring them inside. Thinking that leaving extra room for expansion, like 3/4 full carboys might be safe. Also considering wrapping in a tarp for insulation, and hoping the heat from ...
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Will Sparkolloid slow or stop fermentation?

Background: My wife drinks cider like a fish drinks water and buying cider at the store was leaving me pretty much broke. The LHBS turned us on to the idea of making our own a couple years ago so we ...
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Should I remove settled solids prior to primary fermentation of cider?

I poured the raw apple cider into a carboy and added crushed camden tablets to eliminate or knock down the native bacteria a couple days ago. Now as I am about to some S-04 yeast, I wonder if I should ...
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Peaches in Cider

I have about 8 jars of peaches in light syrup I bought from Costco. I want to add these to a 5 gallon batch of Cider. I'm going to a peach cobbler flavored cider. I'm also planning on adding brown ...
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Total Cider Noob Move

Following instructions from the Portland Mercury on homebrewing cider, I pitched a whole 5 gram packet of champagne yeast by mistake in my 1 gallon brew. It says that the packet makes a 5 gallon batch....
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Ph too low, but pitched anyway

After pressing my apples for cider, I tested the PH level and it was 2.7. Although the taste was quite sweet and not too sharp. I decided against sodium metabisulphate, from what I've read, but now ...
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Adding juice to top off carboy - cider making

I have a couple of batches of hard cider going. This is my first time making hard cider. I tested the gravity yesterday after about 3 weeks of fermenting and it's hit "dryness" at 1.01. There is a ...
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What types of artificial sweetener are normally used in fruit cider in the UK & US?

Since yeast will generally eat any sugar you add to your must/cider, adding sugar for sweetness in home-brewing isn't really an option unless you get more elaborate and pasteurise, etc. So artificial ...
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Cider confusion

I recently made cider from my apple trees and hand pressed them and all and I am having trouble figuring everything out. So far I have made the hard cider two different ways my first time, to test ...
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pressing cider from whole apples

Every guide and youtube video out there suggests that one should grind apples before pressing them. Even in industrial settings the apples are ground first and then pressed. Why not just press whole ...
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Back sweeten and carb cider

If I use original apple juice to back sweeten cider and I also want to add, say, 100 grams of brewing sugar to carb. One litre of juice has 50 grams of sugar, does this mean I should only add 50 grams ...
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Light Sulphur smell

Started my first batch of Cider! YEY!Got me some nice juice from the orchard nearby. It was only pasteurized when i got it, no campden tablets or sulphites to kill the wild yeast. Started fermantation ...
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Temperature for wild-yeast fermented cider

I just bought 10 gallons of freshly pressed unpasteurized apple sweet cider. I am breaking it into two batches, planning to ferment one of them with french wine yeast and the second one will be ...
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Help reducing alcohol content in cider

This might be a silly question but how do I reduce the alcohol content in my home brew cider. I have done two tests and they are coming out about 8% for the cider. I would like to bring it down to ...
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Would ingredients and method work for a sweet, fizzy cider?

22 litres apple juice Around 800 grams brewing sugar 3tea bags for tanning - saw this on another post, thought I'd give it a go So I'm a couple of days into my primary and I'm going for a semi sweet ...
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I misread a cider making kit, doubled the sugar

I missed read a cider making kit and put 3.5 kilos of sugar in it instead of 1.7? Could I turn this in to wine by adding a wine yest instead of cider yeast? Or any other advice please apart from read ...
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2nd batch cider started, unsure of future process

So I've just put my second batch into primary. My first batch was the magnum apple cider which was quite bland and not strong at all. Wasn't sure to what I was doing but have done a lot of ready since ...