New to cider, how should I do this?

Cider is feremented fruit juice, such as apples and pears.

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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby jschmidt » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:09 am

I have been thinking of trying a cider, I may have to try this one out.
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby jschmidt » Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:48 pm

Okay I made the dry cider recipe yesterday. What is the usual lag time before I see fermentation? anything I should expect or look out w/ ciders? I'll post how the cider turns out.
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby SMITHENHALS » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:33 am

My lag time is usually about 10 hours. The only thing to look out for is the crazy fart aroma that yeast puts off. Yuck!
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby jschmidt » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:34 pm

The cider is burping good, I'll post the results come Feb.
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby SMITHENHALS » Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:29 am

What temp? If you go over 70ish you will get some interesting phenolics.
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby jschmidt » Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:43 am

low to mid 60's
The cider is burping real good. One firend smelled it and said it almost smelled like Pruno.
Pruno is alcohol you make in jail with bread and juice in a bag.
I am excited about it though, my first journey in the cider world.
I told my girl friend the recipe and she said if I had to use juice with no additives and preservatives, I could do this with other juices too.
Any ideas or experiences?
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby thetooth » Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:56 am

jschmidt wrote:low to mid 60's
The cider is burping real good. One firend smelled it and said it almost smelled like Pruno.
Pruno is alcohol you make in jail with bread and juice in a bag.
I am excited about it though, my first journey in the cider world.
I told my girl friend the recipe and she said if I had to use juice with no additives and preservatives, I could do this with other juices too.
Any ideas or experiences?


Ignore what it smells like now. Many times our beers, wines, and ciders will smell odd during fermentation... but they end up smelling and tasting great when all is done. :)

Your girlfriend is correct. You can ferment just about anything with sugars. People have been making country wines (fruit wines) for a long, long time.
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby jschmidt » Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:38 pm

cider update
I will either be bottling or kegging the beer next week and I tested the gravity to see whats what.
OG 1.070 now measured at 1.000 for a 8.2 est abv
awesome
thanks for this recipe I can't wait to taste it
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby jschmidt » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:39 pm

hey SMITHENHALS
did you ever get the recipe for the spiced cider you spoke of?
if so are you at liberty to share it?
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby SMITHENHALS » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:03 am

PM sent. :wink:
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby jschmidt » Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:31 pm

The cider has been carbonating for two weeks and I was drinking my scotch ale with a friend and we brought out a bottle of the cider to try. I like it, for the time you put into it, hardly any, and the ease of the recipe, I have to say it comes out pretty damb good. I am gonna set some aside and let them age for say 6 months and see if it makes a difference. I am gonna give a spiced cider recipe a try next. Thanks for holding my hand through my first cider, its much appreciated.
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby SMITHENHALS » Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:18 am

Any time :wink:
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Re: New to cider, how should I do this?

Postby jschmidt » Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:12 pm

The cider aged over a year and now it is really good. I recommend this recipe. Thanks
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