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Cider Help?

Postby Radler » Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:25 pm

I'm curious if any of you have tried to make hard cider. I tried it for the first time a few days ago. I picked a lot of good cider apples, pressed them added a camden tablet and waited 24 hours, just like I was told to do and read. I then added pasteur champagne yeast and it fermented like mad for 4 days. The gravity went from 1.060 to 1.005. I tasted the sample and it ain't that great (ie. bad, although still drinkable). Temp was from 68-62 F. Will this get better with age or have I wasted a very expensive bunch of great apple cider (tasted excellent before I fermented it)? Thanks.

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Postby akueck » Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:16 pm

I made a cider (though from frozen concentrate). It tasted quite "interesting" at first--very harsh and not that good. A few months later it is much better than it was before. Give it some time; I've heard ciders just take awhile before they turn the corner.

You might also consider a different yeast choice in the future. Different yeasts will leave different characters on the final product. I used Lalvin's K1V-1116 yeast and it does a good job showcasing the apple flavors.
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