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A fermented beverage made from apple juice

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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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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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How to grow yeast?

I have read that it is possible to grow your own yeast, but I have not been able to find exact instructions. I would like to grow my own yeast so that I don't have to spend money on those small ...
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Which yeast should I use to make apple cider

I am looking to make some homebrew cider. I intend to use store-bought apple juice, and mix with an appropriate amount of yeast. I am wondering what kind of yeast you would recommend? In the past, I ...
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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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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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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 extract ...
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How do I stop Cider becoming too acidic?

Although the taste of my cider is often excellent sometimes it can be too acidic and hard to drink large quantities. How would one: Test the acidity Control the acidity Also, what pH should it be?
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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 ...
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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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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 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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Sweet sparkling cider without pasteurizing, sulphites or lactose

We've got an apple tree that produces more fruit than we know what to do with, so being cider lovers, we decided to get into brewing. Our first batch of cider was very dry so we've been adding sugar ...
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How do I prevent off-flavors in ciders

There's an abundance of apples this time of year (admittedly getting thinner now), and I would like to try a decent hard cider, but in the past I've had serious troubles with Cloudy results Odd ...
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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

A problem I hadn't really anticipated was how to store/transport bottled homebrew. I've been reusing old cardboard store-bought boxes, but they seem to be breaking down pretty quickly, especially ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to calculate alcohol without OG reading?

I tested 'brewing' a cider for the first time a few weeks ago. Since this process was so extremely different from what I am used to with brewing beers I completely forgot to take an OG reading. To be ...
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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 screwed am I (sanitation)?

I just started my first cider homebrew, and broke a cardinal rule. I made the mistake of thinking that BSG B-Brite cleanser was also a sanitizer. I made two batches from pasteurized juice without ...
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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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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. What'...
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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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Which commercial bottles are good for repurposing?

I bottle condition my beer, and in the past, I've always just reused commercial beer bottles (I never understood paying for empty beer bottles when I could buy them full of tasty beer!) Are there are ...
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What does high attentuation actually mean in terms of types of sugar fermented?

So, when I fermented a cider it ended up very dry. I used champagne yeast and only added pure glucose. I then added lactic sugar since I knew that wasn't fermentable by the yeast I used. I also have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I use freeze distillation to turn cider into applejack?

In my country obtaining a bottle of applejack is about impossible, while cider slowly gains some foothold. I have managed to obtain a few liters of apple cider for reasonable price and happen to have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My cider has too little bite, what should I be looking to change

my cider has too little 'bite'. It taste a bit sweet, and lacks bite. It has an alcoholic content of 5% by volume which I don't really want to change much. Should I be looking at different strains of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...