First go on a cider with recipe stolen from Smithenhals

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First go on a cider with recipe stolen from Smithenhals

Postby poppo187 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:10 am

Just wanted to give a preemptive thanks to Smithenhals for his recipe:

5 Gallons 100% Apple Juice (No preservatives or additives) I use Tree
Top Apple Juice
2lbs Corn Sugar
1pk LALVIN EC-118 yeast, or Red Star Pasteur Champagne yeast

I picked up 5 gallons of pure juice cider from one of the local orchards up in the N. Ga. mountains this weekend and got this going. Will report back if this is as idiot-proof as I'm hoping it will be!
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Re: First go on a cider with recipe stolen from Smithenhals

Postby thetooth » Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:15 am

Cider is amazingly idiot-proof compared to brewing beer. My one piece of advice, though, is to let the cider you make age a few months. I usually go 6 months on mine. Even if it tastes awful immediately, let it age and try it again.
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Re: First go on a cider with recipe stolen from Smithenhals

Postby poppo187 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:12 am

Quick follow-up question: did a gravity check yesterday and after a week and a half it's already down to .98. Stuff actually doesn't taste half bad, but obviously needs a good bit more time. Do you folks leave this on the yeast to age or move it into a keg and just forget about it for a while? Due to stupidity, I actually have more kegs available right now than carboys.
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Re: First go on a cider with recipe stolen from Smithenhals

Postby thetooth » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:54 am

You should move it off the yeast. I move mine to keg on purpose. Transfer it to keg, seal it up, and you won't be worrying about airlocks or light or any such nonsense. Try it again in 3-6 months and it'll be great. :)
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