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Hard Cider Making 2011

I bought the farm fresh cider on Thursday and I was able to put it all together on Friday.

I added the 2 pounds of sugar and the 4 gallons of apple cider together and met my target gravity of somewhere between 1.060 and 1.065.

I heated the mixture to 150°F for 20 minutes and then I put the lid on my pot and let it cool in a water bath.  I didn’t use my immersion chiller.  I didn’t want to fuss with it for the cider.

While it was cooling, I proofed the two packets of Nottingham yeast in water I boiled and let cool to 85°F.

After stirring with a sanitized spoon, it foamed up in 15 minutes.

I added my yeast nutrient and energizer, then I racked it to a glass carboy.   For 30 minutes, I aerated it with the ol’ aquarium pump and stone.

I took some snapshots to document this year’s hard cider making:

First Cider Gravity Reading - just over 1.040.

Just some cider and sugar.

The second cider gravity was right around 1.060 after 2 pounds of sugar were added.

Heating Cider to 150 degrees.

Proofing Nottingham Yeast

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3 Comments

  1. Nice! Looking to make some myself, haven’t tried it yet.
    Hope it turns out well!

  2. michael

    Really curious to see how it turns out!

  3. Yes, I am hoping it turns out well myself. The airlock was bubbling pretty steadily for the past 3 days. There wasn’t a lot of foaming or krausen at the top of the cider level but if you looked closely you could see little CO2 bubbles piercing the surface.

    When I checked it this morning, the airlock bubbling was down to every 5 seconds or so. Tonight I am going to pull a sample for a gravity reading and a tasting. I’ll post an update on it.

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