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Put down a batch of cider a few days ago from the Somerset Gold recipe > http://aussiehomebrewer.com/recipe/950-somerset-gold/ < in the recipe section into a 5lt demi, while I wait for my meads haha. Then put a further 15lt in one of those blueish water cooler bottles just using an ale yeast ( i guess) or the brigalow that was available in the local woolies. After 5 minutes, I was bored again (haha) so put down a 5lt batch of the same somerset gold recipe which called for 2.4lt apple & 2.4lt apple and pear, switched the apple for apple & black currant, which smells bloody awesome.
All this waiting is killing me :icon_drool2:
 

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GregMeady, haha yep waiting is the killer. Then bottle and wait some more unless you can convince yourself that the cider is supposed to be cloudy like that!
 

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Brewing my first cider as a special order for a mate. Bloody easier than brewing although it's kinda cheating to use stir bought juice I guess!

12L Coles apple juice
1L Pear juice
1L Apricot juice
3 Granny Smiths, chopped
3 Fuji, chopped
Yeast nutrient
Rehydrated Notto

Ferment at 20degC

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Yum. I was surprised with the end result from Coles juice, didn't expect much but it's ok. Could have more flavour but it comes out better than I thought initially. That reminds me, need to add 10 bottles to my next order, nothing like having groceries delivered to the kitchen bench.
 

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Great thread, thanks for all the effort.

I have made a couple of ciders from fresh pressed apples, mostly table 'sweet' apples and a year or two back I had a go at a couple of perry's, one from pears I crushed the other from farm pressed juice.

Ican't remember what yeast I used for the Perry's but I think it was EC1118. For Cider, first time I used an English Cider Yeast the 2nd 71B.

All four times came out a bit tart, I am not sure if I can describe it correctly but acidic or sharp is the best I can come up with. None were horrible but none as smooth as I would like.

I used the 71B as I read it can ferment some of the malic acid which I believe these types of apples contain as their primary acid??

While the 71B batch is abit young but it seems to taste just the same.

Questions:
What exactly are you trying to add with the tannins? I realise it is to balance sweetness but does it make it taste more acidic or is it that puckering dryness you get with tea? I dont drink alot of tea so am abit in the dark here.

I understand you can add a malolatic culture to the cider to take care of the malic acid, is this the same as what 71B does? I ask as I have read that that culture seems sensitive to things like temperature pH etc and can take a while to complete. My 71B batch is only a month old, it is clearing in the garage where it is nice and cool - below 17c. I am wondering how much time I need to give the 71B to act on the malic acid and should I be concerned about maintaining a higher temp?

Appreciate any help.
 

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so these ciders are non alcoholic .does anyone recommend how to gather the ingredients or a place to buy the yeast from online straight to the door postage.
 

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is this non alcoholic do i just look up the recipes at the top of the site page and buy recipe to order it online
 

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do i times the yest as well by five if making more than one lot or if its two lots add two yest then.
 

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does this cider have to be bottled with the carbonation drops in each one again
 

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kerrplease said:
Cider is alcoholic. You can press some apples and make juice, but don't recommend fermenting it if you are looking to avoid alcohol.

Maybe try the ginger beer recipes?
 

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I can get a lot of apples from the in laws' trees - so thought about making a cider. Do I need to do anything to the juice (will be using a mate's juicer, not a press) before fermenting?

Boil it or anything to clean it up?
 

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Nope. I just let it settle in the fridge overnight and rack off the pulp. Even that is optional though.

Just juice and pitch is all you need to do.
 

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Cheers! I am surprised at how easy it sounds...
 

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Yes. It does indeed.

Cider differs from beer in that the process is much simpler. The difficulty in cider is getting good apples and blending them into something great.
 

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nosco said:
A bit of yeast nutrient helps too
How much would you use? I have a packet from a lemonade i have just brewed
 

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Whatever it says on the packet. Diferent nutrients have diferent dosing rates.
 

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I'm having a crack at this Cider gig with a batch of 50/50 apple / pear juice from Coles. A couple of questions for the pros:

1. Has anyone had good results with oak chips? If so, how much and how long do you soak them for?

2. Is it best to transfer to a secondary or is bottle ageing OK?

3. Has anyone tried dry hopping with good results?

Cheers!
 
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