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Post  Jon on Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:26 pm

Pressed some more apples last week. Four new 5 gallon batches of cider being fermented by various Heart River Home Brewers members.
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Post  Jon on Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:19 pm

I think I will bottle one batch and keg the other. If the batch I bottle needs sweetening, I plan to use lactose, so the sweetness remains after the yeast eat the priming sugar to make carbon dioxide. The other batch I will have more options if it goes in a keg...
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Post  randi philleo on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:53 am

Nice! That's a whole lot of apples. Do you have your own apple tree?

We did cider a few weeks ago the fast and cheap way. We bought 100% apple juice, used 4 gallons with the EC-118 yeast and let it go. We used the final gallon to back sweeten the cider at keg. We were looking for something low proof and easy drinking. It came out to about 4.2%. There's a few things I'd do different, but all in all, its a quick and easy cider. We did do two batches side by side, one of Mott's brand and the other of Indian Summer juice. The Mott's is not good. They're both 100% juice, but they must be a little different, the Mott's turned out a lot harsher and has a sulfuric smell that the Indian Summer did not.

Are you going to let your cider sit for 6 months? I hear patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to cider.

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Any cider makers?

Post  Jon on Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:17 pm

Pressed about 15 gallons of apple juice last Saturday...10 gallons of which are now fermenting. Natural O.G. 1.047. Split into two 5 gallon batches. Adjusted one up to 1.050 with some light brown sugar and fermenting with Cote des Blancs yeast. The other batch left as is and fermenting with Premier Cuvee. This is my first attempt at hard cider.
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