Cider too young?

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Cider too young?

Postby fishy » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:29 pm

Right around thanksgiving time my cider fermented and then I put it in the keg. I tryed it yesterday and it smelled right it was just really tart.

Does this need some yeast killing and back sweeting or does it just need to sit. I carbonated it and put it in the fridge. If it needs to sit should I take it out of the fridge?


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Re: Cider too young?

Postby thetooth » Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:50 pm

If you just want it to not be so tart, let it sit. It will mellow out and tasty apple aroma and flavor will return. If you are looking for a sweet "apple juice" type of hard cider you will need to back-sweeten.

When I tried to make my first cider, I didn't realize this. A month after it was done and bottled up, we tried it and it was awful. Hot alcohol mixed with some apple flavor. Really hot. We chucked it. At that time, though, I was putting away a 6-pack of everything I made to see what it would be like 6 months later. I forgot the horrible cider was in that box in the back of the closet. One day we ran into it while cleaning said closet (about 6 months later) and I decided to try one anyway. Hell... it was good! I felt so stupid for chucking the rest of the batch. :oops:

Now I keg, but the process is the same. I rack it into the keg, then throw the keg in my cellar (about 56 degrees) for 6 months. It comes out great at that point!
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Re: Cider too young?

Postby hotrod38 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:08 pm

Give it time. A cider that was fermented in Oct/Nov... needs time to age. I wouldn't try it until June, or later.
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Re: Cider too young?

Postby fossilsrocks » Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:41 pm

hotrod38 wrote:Give it time. A cider that was fermented in Oct/Nov... needs time to age. I wouldn't try it until June, or later.


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Re: Cider too young?

Postby fishy » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:15 pm

OK, sounds like I need to sit on it till the summer. I have got room in teh fridge, so i'll just keep it in there.
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