From the HBD Archive
From: (tleilax)
Subject: Cider Making
Date: 1992-02-27 14:00:42 GMT

I've made hard cider two years running, both times in the Fall, during the
apple harvest. I used the same method both times and had a fair amount of
success. Both batches consisted of:

3 Gallons Preservative-free apple cider
1 Pkg Champagne (First batch) or Whitbread Ale (Second batch) Yeast

Place cider in sanitized carboy, add yeast, and fix airlock. It may
take upwards of 7 days to ferment out, depending on yeast chosen.
Bottle with corn sugar as you would with beer, if you want a
sparkling cider, or without for still.

I can almost hear the howls of protest now, "what, no boil, no sulfites
to kill wild yeasts", but this has worked for me. One important caveat,
champagne yeasts cause a COMPLETE fermentation of the available sugars in
the cider. My first batch smelled like cider but was the dryest tasting
beverage you could imagine. Hydrometer reading indicated a F.G. of 1.001.
This batch was more like an apple wine than anything else. The batch using
ale yeast was much sweeter, much lower in alcohol content but not as clear.
My advice is experiment, and enjoy the mistakes.

- -----
Tom Maszerowski

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