Easy Dry Cider
Posted 22 April 2010 - 07:14 AM
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:17 PM
Around here, you can get a 1 gallon jug of fresh cider from a farmstand for $3 or $4 in the fall, but you have to go right to the farm. I've found that the ideal level of dryness really depends on the cider. I think some apple varieties have a lot more malic acid, and need more sweetness to balance the acid. I have one cyser where I needed to add 10 pounds of honey to 5 gallons of cider before I could sip it without making a face. Another option, instead of adding fruit or honey, is to deliberately starve the yeast of nutrients so that the ferment "sticks". You can do this by adding pectic enzyme, waiting a couple of days, then racking the cider off the dregs and pitching yeast into the clear must.
I would love to do some more ciders from fresh squeezed juice, even let a couple wild ferment but a 1 gallon jug of cider goes for about $18 so the cost has always made me shy away. Damn starving student-hood.
Posted 24 April 2010 - 09:32 AM
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