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Old 08-12-2017, 06:30 PM   #1
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Saw some apple/pear cider on sale at the grocery store today.
This is fresh, no preservatives.
bought 8L of it.
So I decided to try making my wife some hard cider. Below is what I added, will update with feedback as it progresses.

8L Apple/Pear juice blend (bartlet pear, macintosh apple)
2 x 283ml frozen apple juice concentrate
4L Reverse osmosis water
175g old fashioned brown sugar
175g honey
18g yeast nutrient
1 packet K1-V1116 yeast
45g acid blend

Tested SG after just adding the juice/water,it was 1.040. I was aiming for 1.05 to get 6-7% alcohol, so added the 175g brown sugar and 175g honey, which got me to 1.048
Tested pH and it was 4.1, so added acid blend until I got to 3.5, which ended up being 45g
I was lazy and didn't feel like testing sulfite level, so added 0.43g sulfite to raise whatever the level was by 20ppm.
Then I changed my mind and tested it, and it was 70ppm, so I shouldn't have added any, it was already around 50 beforehand. Hoepfully the yeast survives.
I'll update as it progresses.


 
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:34 AM   #2
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The 70ppm SO2 wasn't enough to inhibit the yeast thankfully, it's fizzing away. Down to 1.02 now.

 
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Old Yesterday, 06:46 AM   #3
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SG is down to .998, has been since yesterday. Doesn't smell great at this point, but thats not uncommon.
I'll rack to secondary in the next day or two.

 
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Old Yesterday, 07:41 PM   #4
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vacuum racked it tonight, into 3 one-gallon jugs.

 
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