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A fermented beverage made from apple juice

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Is it worth saving my brew?

I have started off a Cider kit. It was close to the BBD. It only actively foamed for a day or so and looked finished or dead (but in those two days has dropped from 1040 to 1018 however I didnt know ...
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Backsweetening cider and carbonation drops

I just completed my first batch of hard cider. I was told to backsweeten it, which I did with Erythritol to taste about 3 weeks ago. then to put carbonation drops in each bottle before adding the ...
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Length of fermentation for cider

Newbie homebrewer working with store bought apple juice for my first test batch. How long should fermentation take? About 5 days ago I added my yeast to 4 litres of apple juice, and it looks like ...
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Secondary racking for store bought apple juice

New to home brewing, and have started out with some cider. I've started out with just store bought apple juice, 4l of which is now fermenting in a demijohn. Is secondary racking required for this? My ...
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How to predict ABV in cider?

I am new to cider brewing (my first batch has just started fermenting). As I'm new and just want to trial the process before getting into something more involved, I used store bought juice (no ...
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How much sugar to real apple ratio?

So I was going to try an apple cider up to around 12%. So how much sugar will I get roughly per apple and how much additional sugar should I add. The apples are a small granny smith kind. Currently I ...
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The longer you leave cider

This is my first time,I was wondering if I leave my cider for say 3 weeks instead of the recommended 7-10 days,will this improve it?
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Should I boil apples before using them in a mash?

I'm thinking about bacterial/wild yeast contamination etc.... Or will just washing them under the tap be suffice? Also can I use the cores?
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What is a good time frame for aging cider/apple wine?

I am planning on tasting my cider in the fall (6 months from pitching yeast) and seeing how the flavor is then. How much would the flavors improve aging for a year? 2 year? 5? 10? At what point ...
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Does cider need yeast nutrient?

From what I've read, beer wort is relatively rich in nutrients and mead must is nutrient-poor. Where does cider fit on this spectrum? I typically do small batches and pitch pretty generously, one ...
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Starting gravity reading when not all fermentables are dissolved

Is it possible to get a useful starting gravity reading when not everything is dissolved or suspended, but you know it ultimately will be? Some context: In my pre-hydrometer days, I made a few cysers ...
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Adding ginger to cider/cyser/mead

I've been dabbling with simple ciders in the past few years. I've been particularly enjoying those made with honey as an adjunct - I'm not sure whether it should be classified as a honey cider or a ...
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How can I store still hard apple in a barrel before drinking?

I am a beginner homebrewer, so I will explain my situation in more detail to make sure I am making still hard cider correctly. Recently, I started my first batch by adding 1 gallon of pasteurized ...
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Making a melomel cyser

This is my first post here but I've read a few posts for reference on my first few brews. I have now made 5 gallons of cider using 5 different yeasts. Two of them I really liked and plan to experiment ...
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Can we use Agave sweetener & hard Apple Cider

Can we use Agave sweetener to backsweeten hard apple cider?
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Can I do anything with cider that self-fermented?

I have no brewing experience but I had a half-gallon of cider in my fridge that started fermenting after we had only drank one glass. It seems the fermentation has slowed now as the bottle is no ...
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Cider fermentation and carbonation

I'm a novice "homebrewer" about to attempt my first ever brew. I've been reading about a homebrewing process in which yeast is added directly to a juice for a period of time in order to achieve ...
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1st cider attempt, cat pee smell

I’ve been all grain brewing for a few years (40+ batches) and decided to try a cider for the family for the holidays. Followed recommendations in BYO mag using pasteurized pear juice and added SafeAle ...
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Can I use a Harris vinbrite to filter cider

Can I filter this cider with a Harris vinbrite filter
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White film on top of cider

I have a batch of cider that was in fermentation for several months. I use glass demijohns and racked 3 times so the cider is very clear. It's been about 2 months since the last racking. When I took ...
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My pasteurized peach cider smells like wine

So a while back I bought some pasteurized peach cider from a shop on the side of the road. The "100% juice with added ingredients" type of stuff, ya feel me? I bought an airlock for it because The ...
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can I carbonate a keg with my own cider

I have a no of kegs both 50L and 30L kegs from my own private bar ,I'm just wondering if I can carbonate my own cider in the keg similar to carbonating to the bottles of cider cheers and thanks in ...
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Adding yeast after fermentation has started

I have just started my first 2 gallon demijohns of juice. I read that campden tablets should be used first to kill off bacteria but it has started to ferment before the campden tablets went it. Is it ...
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is my cider infected or is this normal for safaleUS05

Made a batch of cider with granny smith apples 13%brix. Juiced my self. used half or maybe less of Kmeta than what is suggested on the packet July 3: saf-ale US05 yeast. Starter was 2L apple juice ...
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Helping a first timer!

I'm hopefully about to make my first batch of sparkling slightly sweet cider. I have read all sorts of advice about reducing/increase tannin, stabilising and other scientific stuff. I want to keep it ...
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Carbonation drops in cider

First posted question here so sorry if I've missed a previous answer. I've been trying out a secondary ferment in old champagne bottles of a barrel fermented cider. When decanting into the bottles I ...
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Flavoring Cider at bottling

The general caution I read when I started this batch of cider was to not do flavoring during fermentation as to avoid off taste weirdness. So my cider is now fermented and I'd like to keep it dry but ...
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Differences between brewing ales and ciders

I'm pretty new to brewing, and so far have only done ales. Before moving on to my first cider I wanted to ask the community if there was anything I need to be careful about, or even just any general ...
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What is too high a gravity to bottle condition cider?

I tasted my cider today and if I could bottle it now I would. The only problem is that the gravity is at 1.012. My concern is that I could create bottle bombs if I bottled it now. Is it possible to ...
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Concentrate made of cider apples in the EU or UK?

I have been googling for that for a while but I can't find what I'm searching for, namely an online store selling concentrate of cider apples, I am referring to the specific varieties used only for ...
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Reduce acidity of hard cider

I've brewed some cider from cooking apple juice. The apples were unusually sweet for cookers so there was enough sugar and I added teabags to add tannin. This gave me cider at ~6.3% which tastes OK ...
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Making Mulberry Cider

Has a mulberry cider been made? I have a mulberry tree that has so much fruit every year and was wondering how I would go about trying that? I've only just bottled my very first batch of beer....so ...
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Adding yeast for bottle carbonation

I have made 3 batches of cider (two 3-gallon and one 5-gallon) this year and now it is clear and ready. It was racked twice, so now it has no sediment (and possibly no yeast). I was at first planning ...
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How does tannin level and acidity affect cider taste/style?

As per the title really... if you had tannin level on one axis of a graph and pH on another, how would the cider vary across this 'spectrum'? More acidic I can imagine will taste... more acidic ;) But ...
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“Makeyourowndrinks” Cider smells like sulfur and turned a brownish colour, is this normal?

Let's start by saying that I've done a bit of research about this already, so please understand that I am struggling to find a specific answer to my question. I'm using a Mixed Berry Cider kit from "...
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Is it safe to allow strawberries to ferment for 60 days

I've added frozen strawberries to the primary fermenter for a Cider I'm making. I plan to ferment 30 days in primary, then transfer to a secondary for another 30 days. Question 1: Is 30 days to long ...
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Home made Cider Over Carbonated what should i do with the other Bottles?

I have been brewing some home made cider and decided last weekend to crack it open! (has been in bottles for about 6 months) when a friend opened the bottle it basically exploded and send the swing ...
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Homebrewed hard cider turned sour after sitting for a few months

I made two batches of hard cider back to back earlier in the year and they tasted great for the first two months after bottling. However, they turned into a sour mess around month three. Imagine ...
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Origin of Graff/Malted Cider

I'm looking into making a Graff and just out of curiosity I'm trying to look into the history/origin on the drink. All resources seem to be flooded with information about the Dark Tower series. I ...
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Should I be concerned about natural fermentation beginning in cider?

I have some hard cider I'm making, and yesterday afternoon after I'd pressed all my juice, I put it in my sterilized carboy, and added the recommended (per the bottle) amount of potassium ...
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Brewing process for sweet apple cider

I've recently been experimenting with different cider recipes and all of the results have been quite dry with minimal sugars left after primary fermentation. I personally like dry ciders so it's not ...
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Dangers of non-sterile cider

Come the time of the year when apples are ready, and the excellent harvest this year in Finland, I have decided to give cider making a try. I have a fair amount of experience making beer at home and ...
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Will Potassium Metabisulfite prevent store-bought Grape Juice from fermenting?

There's a store-bought grape juice that I'm interested in lacto-fermenting (i.e. no yeast, only bacteria, anaerobic ferment, etc) but I recently discovered Potassium Metabisulfite is added to "enhance ...
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Large drop in specific gravity over 24 hour period

My cider brew (5 gal) has experienced a large drop in its specific gravity readings over a 24 hour period. Yesterday it was measured at 1.05 with the kit recommending bottling at 1.04 or lower. Today ...
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[CIDER]: Can I rack in day 4 if there are 20mm of sediments and fermentation is over?

Can I rack in day 4 if there are 20mm of sediments and fermentation is over? Just to get the cider in a second clean fermentation vessel.
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[CIDER]: Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue?

Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue? This is before the yeast starter.
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For 2L of final cider do I need to put the whole yeast sachet?

I have only 4kg of apples, which will give me 2L of cider. I'm using an 11g dry yeast sachet. Do I need to pour the whole 11g or just 5g? If I use it all, will the final taste be influenced by the ...
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[CIDER]: Can a 5L plastic bottle be used as fermenter?

Can a 5L plastic bottle be used as fermenter for the first days of fermentation? I'm looking then to transfer the juice to a 2L glass demijohn for the rest of fermentation.
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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 ...