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 Post subject: First attempt at cider
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:06 am 
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Pressed my first batch of apples from orchard started in 2008. Had enough to fill one 6 gallon carboy. I've spent the last several years reading every book I could find on making cider, but this is my first attempt. I am attempting to make a wild yeast ferment; if there are not enough wild yeasts for a successful ferment, I will add a wine yeast. Excited with the process and the anticipation for the end result.

Also made 34 pints of apple butter :)

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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at cider
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:22 pm 
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Good luck! Make sure you come back and post how it turned out!

Are you hoping for Brettanomyces in the wild yeast? I'm a big fan of Brett beers.


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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at cider
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:48 pm 
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No, I do not want "Brett", as to much will spoil the cider. I used a half-dose of sulfur dioxide to kill the "bad" yeasts.

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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at cider
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I don't know much about cider making because i'm just a "noob" about the processes. Does the sulfur dioxide leave a flavor?


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 Post subject: Re: First attempt at cider
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The sulfur dioxide will leave a bad taste in the finished cider if too much is used. The experienced cider people say "better to use to little than to much".

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