A fermented beverage made from apple juice

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How to tell if a cider is finished without hydrometer

EDITED I have a cider that I have made following the steps on CraigTube for his Hard Apple Cider. The only difference is that I have used Champagne yeast and the batch is 22L. I know you are all ...
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What is a hard apple cider expiration date

The recipe uses store bought apple juice with no added preservatives or additives. The store bought juice has an expiration date of April 2014. Will the cider expire on this date also, or has the ...
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Approximating Sugar to Apple Juice ratio in cider?

I haven't been able to find any reliable recipes or even rules-of-thumb when deciding the amount of sugar to juice ration in cider and perry. I'd like to know some approximations for sweet and dry ...
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Berry cider using only berries

I have an abundance of fresh black raspberries available and would like to try my hand at a cider using only black raspberries. I'll be starting with a one gallon batch. I am not sure how many ...
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Could I have accidentally made 19% cider by adding too much sugar?

First time I've brewed anything and I thought i'd start as simple as possible, so I just got some granulated sugar and apple juice from concentrate. 2L of apple juice, Champagne yeast, and 2 cups of ...
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What are some good online sources for recipes?

What are some good online sources for recipes? Please specify the type of recipes the site has (extract, all-grain, mead, cider, etc.).
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What am I doing wrong with my Hard Cider

Ok so I'm trying to make small 1 gallon batches of hard cider. I've already created 2 batches that sucked really bad (vinegary). I used: First batch: (pretty obvious why this one sucked) white ...
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How much heat can a demijohn take?

I'm planning to serve some homemade cider, hot and mulled at a market stall in the coming weeks. I'll be siphoning out of a 23L demijohn (like this: ...
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Cider molding and wont go away but not getting worse?

I have three ciders going, two "spiced" ciders and one regular/standard whatever the straight apple squeezed cider ("Ryan's" brand if anyone is familiar) is called. This is my first attempt at cider, ...
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Cider fermentation stopped after only 4 days. What to do?

I bought a "Magnum Apple Cider Kit" 1.7Kg kit. Added 1 Kg of corn sugar + 300 gr brown sugar and oak chips. For the first 3 days it has been fermenting like crazy. Today (4th day) the fermentation ...
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cider with brett?

Got a great deal ($! per) on half gallon jugs of Ryan's cider. I bought everything the store had (7 gallons of "spiced" cider and 3 gallons of standard cider). I plan on making three batches with ...
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Can I find the ABV of Cider using Original and Final Gravity

If I have the original gravity and final gravity of my hard cider (as measured by my hydrometer), do I determine the ABV using the same formula I would for beer?
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Back Sweetening Naturally Carbonated Cider

I plan to keg my cider at 0.7 baume (approx 12g/l) residual sugar to carbonate my cider to 3 volumes of CO2. If I add pasteurized apple juice to sweeten my cider after kegging, will this ferment out? ...
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Kill yeast in keg

I've got a batch of cider that I've kegged. I did so at about 1.011 (OG was 1.052 IIRC). While the yeast activity will decline as the keg chills, I'd like to stop it completely so that I can bottle ...
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How to keep sugar from fermentation and carbonization?

We want to made sweet low ABV cider. How to do that? I understand that yeasts are dying somewhere between 10 and 15% ABV but we want our cider to be between 2 and 5% ABV. We can interrupt ...
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How can I clear-up a cloudy cider?

I've finished my second batch of homemade cider and I'm a little disappointed to find that it is so cloudy. There are no off flavors, I actually am enjoying it, but it's cloudy. It's not just hazy. ...
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Will the addition of cinnamon to apple cider cause additional fermentation?

Just added some cinnamon sticks to apple cider that was in a better bottle for 3 weeks. The airlock started to bubble once every 20 seconds, does this mean I have re-started fermentation? I plan to ...
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Aerating bottled apple juice for cider

I understand that disolved oxygen is good for yeast, and aeration is done near the time of pitching in beer making. Does this rule hold true for bottled apple juice as it does for wort? Would apple ...
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Cherry Chocolate Hard Apple Cider

It's cider brewing time of the year and I'm thinking of doing a cherry chocolate cider. My question is whether I should boil the cherries and chocolate nibs in a portions of the cider prior to ...
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Additions to hard apple cider

Just put 5 gallons of hard apple cider in a better bottle to ferment. I would like to add some cinnamon, is there a good time and do I have to do anything special when I add it.
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Apple juice for hard cider (UK)

I need a recommendation about an apple juice that I can buy in order to make hard cider. I have read that it requires an apple juice without preservatives, but is there anything else I need to look ...
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What effect will water with a high Zinc content have on my brew?

I'm about to brew some cider, followed by some pale lager from two kits. I've decided to use bottled spring water from a company just up the road from me. They claim on their website that their water ...
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Can i use carbonation tablets in cider?

When making cider, can you carbonate it using tablets? and should this be in the demijohn or in the bottles?
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Is it necessary to heat honey when using it in cider?

I was going to buy some pasteurized, natural, no preservatives added cider and throw some honey in it to bump up the gravity. I plan on pitching some pretty voracious yeast, so figure any bacteria in ...
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Can you add more yeast into a batch of cider if you think you've killed it?

Ok, so I’m really new to this I started off making cider Since I juiced my own apples, I used the method of pasteurisation that kills off wild yeast by heating the gallon of juice on a stove while ...
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Beginners cider homebrewing

I've never done any homebrewing before but I'd like to start on my own cider. I was wondering what it involves, how long it takes, what sort of equipment I need - just a general introduction. Thanks
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is it possible to estimate OG from nutritional information?

After many batches of beer, I've decided to try a hard cider. The recipe I have does not give a predicted OG, however all of the ingredients list the amount of sugar in the nutritional information. ...
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Fast versus Slow Fermentation

So I pitched a cider and the yeast blitzed through the batch in 48 hours (SG=1.050, FG=1.000). I noticed that the temperature went from 72F to over 76F during the fermentation (I really don't have a ...
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Making a Yeast Starter

It seems that there are varying opinions about the size your starter should be. What is the basic rule-of-thumb for 5 and 10 gallon batches? How much water should be used? How much malt/malt ...
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Post-Secondary Fermentation

I've heard mentions of people using tertiary, quaternary, quinary, etc fermentations. Does this really provide any significant benefit beyond secondary?
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Why is our beer not carbonating?

We've made a few batches of beer and our recent batches have not ended up as carbonated as previous. I think the beer has been stored in a cooler place but I'm wondering if that is the only reason. ...
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Reusing Yeast From previous Fermentation

When I finish fermentation I am left with a large amount of extra yeast in the bottom of the carboy. Can I reuse this yeast in any way? Hopefully to avoid buying yeast again every single batch?
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What effect do different types of yeast have when creating a recipe?

What happens when you use different types of yeast? Does it change the flavor? I'm not talking about mixing different types of yeast in the same recipe.
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How likely is contamination in an average batch?

I sanitize everything; carboy, bottles, bottle caps, tubing, funnels, etc; because I was essentially told that my beer would turn to deadly poison without it. I accept sterilizing the lot once ...
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Bottling homebrew late

My guess is that my homebrew will be done fermenting while I am out of town. Is there any harmful effects if I don't bottle it until a few days after the fermentation process stops?
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How do you degas an empty Sanke Keg?

When folks legally acquire Sanke kegs for conversion to kettles, mash tuns or HLTs, the first step is often to relieve the pressure inside the keg before dismantling the spear and valve. How best is ...
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Soluble yeast estimation before carbonation

Any suggestions on how to estimate the amount of yeast that remains in the brew solution after standard transfer practices without using clarification? I know that some remain because of priming ...
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Hard cider with preservatives

All the guides say to use Apple Cider without preservatives because they will kill off the yeast. Preservative-free is obviously ideal, however I already bought cider with preservatives. Is there ...
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Tips for making Cider from apples

I have an apple tree full of fruit this year. Having brewed my own beer for years now I gather I have all the right gear to brew cider. My question is, can I brew cider from my apples and how would I ...
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Cider apples: what's in the foam on top of my juice?

When I juice tart apples (cored and peeled, centrifugal planer type juicer), I get cloudy juice and lots of mealy foam on top. The bubbles are tough. They last for days and I can freeze the foam. ...
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Non fermenting cider

I extracted the juice and moved it to a container for two days(as per instructions)mixed the yeast with the sugar water and left for two days,then mixed together,but there was no fermentation,why ...
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How to make your own cider?

This year has been generous and gave us a great apple harvest. There is even a surplus of them so, I would like to ask you, how to make a cider from apples? Thank you in advance.
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Where can I buy a keg of Strongbow Cider in Virginia (near DC)? [closed]

I am looking for a place where I can buy Strongbow Cider in Northern Virginia, preferably near Washington D.C. Does anyone know of a distributor?
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What is the difference between yeast nutrient and yeast accelerator?

I know what yeast nutrient is, but was browsing around the brew supply and noticed yeast accelerator. Anyone know that the REAL difference (if any) is chemically? See it mentioned through a goggle ...
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How long do I roast chocolate nibs to use in cider?

Read several posts about chocolate stouts and it seems that using nibs as a secondary flavoring without adding to the boil is the consensus. Roasting them first has been suggested, as well as soaking ...
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What would make my gravity increase?

I have a cider that i have been fermenting for almost two weeks. I took a reading about four days ago and it was 1.005, we decided it was about time to bottle. Then last night when we got around to ...
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odd film on my cider

I went to rack my cider into a secondary, pulled off the lid of my primary and saw this whitish film. I racked it and the film stuck to the sides of the primary as the cider level dropped off. ...
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Is leaving some cider in the primary bad?

When bottling my cider (FG 1.000) I ran out of bottles and saw this as an opportunity to flavour the remaining third and try racking. I added some boiled cinnamon and clove then left it for a day ...
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Will Campden disinfect flavoring additions in a primary?

I know that adding Campden kills yeasts. But I read recipes for beers that talk about soaking additional flavoring agents (like coffee beans and chocolate nibs) in vodka to disinfect them, before ...
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Hard cider with pasteurized regular cider

I made a great cider last year and would like to do the same this year. Problem is that I'm too lazy to get all the way out to an apple orchard that sells non pasteurized cider. Can I use organic ...