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How to increase body of apple cider?

I have made an OG 1.060 apple cider (Gravenstein apples and added sugar), fermented with Red Star Pasteur Champagne yeast. It has fermented out to SG 1.002, has been stored for about 5 months, and has ...
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What is the best wine filtering system?

As a hobbyist who produces at least 5 gallons a week of wine, what filtering system do you recommend? I am also looking at transfer pumps as well. I am getting older and have torn rotator cuffs and ...
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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 makes a cider/wine turn watery after a few months?

I made a cider with the below recipie and I have noticed that as it ages it is starting to get a watery taste. What would cause this? The bottles are stored out of sunlight and are never moved till I ...
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Cider went too dry and too flat

I've been making a cider (for the first time)... it's been in primary for a week, and went to secondary for another three weeks. I used crisp apple cider from Trader Joe's as the base. OG was about 1....
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cider from fresh apple juice, how to?

I have bought a gallon of Apple juice fresh off the press. I was told to just leave it 'as is' in a container with an air lock/bubbler and that's all I need do. I usually brew beer and this all ...
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How do you feel about Swing Top wine bottles?

The question says it all. I am sure they are great for wines that will be consumed young, but what about for wines you are going to store for longer periods of time? Months, years?
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Diluting juice from old wrinkly apples for hard cider

I've juiced about 50kg of wonderful heritage apples that I stored over winter. They've dried out a lot. When scratting the pulp was almost dry to the touch, and the resulting juice was practically ...
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Pasteurizing Apple Juice for Cider

I'm an experienced Beer home brewer, but I've never done a Cider and would like to try. I've bought natural pressed apple juice from a farm near me, it's free of preservatives, and thus is chilled to ...
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Dry Hopping Cider

I’ve taken to making Cider and quite enjoy it. I now finalize my fermentation (temp controlled) at 1.015Gs before bottling or kegging. In the case of bottling I still prime with sugar and then test ...
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Apple cider fermentation stuck for 20+ days

I am on my second year producing apple cider at home, and was successful producing 40 liters of apple cider and perry last year, and are through primary fermenting about 40 liters this season. But my ...
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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

What is the minimum equipment to start brewing some good beer at home?
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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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Combining Autumn Ale and Apfelwein

I’d like to brew a spiced Autumn Ale, but somehow also combine it with Apfelwein. Can this be done? Sort of, a bastardized version of Graf (Graaf / Graff) Recipe I have calls for adding “pure apple ...
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Bentonite could change the yeast taste?

hello I am new in this kind of things. I would know if I use Bentonite it could change the taste and smell of yeast in the fermentation ? I am gonna use breed yeast. I would quickly finish my product ...
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What's the link between turbid brew and a heady taste?

I know a few local beers, like Ayinger Kellerbier, that are not filtered and are turbid when looking through. Those are quite taste, but go the head quickly (meaning light headache, not basic ...
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Cider Issues - identical batches acting differently

Here's a strange one. I pressed a large load of apples a week ago, getting just over 26 litres. I let it sit for a day in a single Fermenting bin with a dose of Camden to clear up wild yeast and a ...
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Cider clarification with minimal equipment

Related I've got a batch of cider that has just finished primary fermentation. My last batch come out with a lot of sediment and yeasty flavors which I'm trying to avoid with this batch. Like the OP ...
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Is it necessary to pasteurize frozen juice concentrate used for brewing?

For my ciders, I've always either pasteurized the juice when I've started with fruit, or else used pasteurized bottled juice. It seems to me that frozen concentrate should be a quick & dirty (...
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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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kegged cider CO2 foam, not much sparkle though

Left it for two weeks at 2.3 bar (35 PSI) and 17 C (59 F). Poured a 2 liter bottle, it made beer-like pleasant foams upon pouring but it had almost no sparkles to the taste bud. Should I let it sit ...
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Is a Homebrew cider with a “Frito” aftertaste safe to drink?

Is it safe to drink a hard cider with a corn chip type aftertaste, my buddy made it and gave me some. When you take a sip it tastes great but then you taste a weird "Frito" taste like a corn chip. It'...
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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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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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How many gravity points will explode a bottle?

If a difference of around 3 gravity points (between primed and final gravity) will carbonate a beverage (yes, depending on style), how many gravity points will make a bottle bomb? No, I'm not trying ...
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cider stopped at 1.016! Is this ok?

So this is just my second year of home brewing cider from the apples in my property. Last year I had 16L and everything went as it should. Thus year though with a bumper crop I've ended up with 87L in ...
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Mold on Cider is it unsafe after boil

Mold on Cider is it unsafe? It tasted good strained the mold (blueish) and boiled the cider for 20 min. I plan to put the yeast and fruit in tommorrow. Will the boil and yeast take out the mold ...
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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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Can I blend cider and apple juice?

Fairly new to cider making. I've made a gallon of cider from cooking apples, it's stopped bubbling and is still in the demijohn. The juice tasted great, but the cider is not amazing. I'm just ...
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Not getting enough juice from my apples

I've just made a batch of cider from 16kg (35 lbs) of apples. Based on various sources (example), I expected to extract about 8L (1.75 gal) of juice - however, I only managed to get about 4.5L (1 gal),...
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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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Adding a cherry flavour to cider

What is the best way to add cherry flavour to cider batch? I previously tried adding whole mashed cherries to the carboy at the beginning of primary fermentation. Would it have been been to first ...
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Adding Pectin Enzyme To Cider After Fermentation Is Complete?

I've got a cider made from fresh pressed cider that's been in the fermenter about a month. It was augmented with some Crystal 60L and a few other ingredients and is sitting on French oak cubes. While ...
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Home made apple pie using everclear (dilution of spirits) [closed]

So Ive been hearing alot about this home recipe ppl are making called apple pie. Which just from the name grabbed my attintion. So a buddy gave me some and it was supposed to be high proof stuff which ...
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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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Lack of sweetness and carbonation

I'm a novice apple cider brewer and my first batch yielded a brew that tasted like white wine, very dry and virtually no carbonation. During fermentation, I saw bubbling for about 5 days, but I left ...
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No carbonation in pressure barrel

I recently made some cider, but when the day finally came to try it there was no carbonation (evidently due to a slight hole at the top of the pressure barrel). I am planning on transferring the cider ...
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Blending different apple varieties for hard cider (uk)

Has anybody experimented with blending different varieties of apple for "hard cider"? Locally I have an apple variety called "Blenheim Orange" and also an unidentified cider apple. Using just the ...
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How to avoid homebrew-cider to explode out of the bottle when opening?

I'm in my first year making apple-cider from harvested apples. The fermentation started 10 days ago. I let it bubble for 7 days and I filled some of clear juice it into a small bottle (using a ...
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kegged cider and oxygen

first timer at both cider and kegs. I have been reading that pumping oxygen (air) into a keg as the beer level goes down in order to maintain carbonation is bad as the oxygen will reignite the ...
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Mangrove Jack Cider benefit from aging?

I have found that Mangrove Jack's Cider kits are quick for a summer drink and satisfies the family and friends with gluten issues. I just fermented another batch and don't have a keg available right ...
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Wine or cider yeast for ale

I'm a noob brewer and being distracted added boiling water to my yeast. I added cold water immediately however I'm afraid I may have committed yeastocide. The only place I could think of around me ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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?