First Home Brewed Hard Cider

Discussion in 'Beer & Ale' started by millerk0486, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. millerk0486

    millerk0486 Meat Mopper

    Over the weekend I started my first attempt making homemade hard cider. Below is what I have done thus far...


    5 Gallons McCutchens Unfiltered Pasteurized Apple Cider (local orchard)

    2 Pounds Dark Brown Sugar

    Yeast (An Ale Type of Yeast)

    That's it!

    I started the brew this past Friday (3 days ago). I anticipate it will be ready for bottling in two weeks... hopefully! Then all that should be left, will be to wait for the bottles to carbonate, which, i am unsure as of how long that will take.

    I also did not put in a pectin enzyme, so the cider will stay cloudy like it is in the picture. If the cider turns out well, next time I will try a pectin enzyme to clear it up.

    I am new to this, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like you are off to a good start. We brew ours using the same method that you are, except I usually use a Champagne yeast as we like ours on the dry side. We usually do one gallon batches. We have a back bathroom with a tiny shower that is used. I accidentally forgot about a jug we had in there for a year. If the airlock hadn't dried out it would have been some fine wine. One whiff of the stuff got ya drunk!

    I rack mine one to two times prior to bottling. You'll be amazed at how it clears up from just racking. I have never used PE in my ciders.

    Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
  3. millerk0486

    millerk0486 Meat Mopper

    I was going to use an English Cider Yeast, but the local home brew store was sold out of it, so I thought I would give this one a try.

    Also, you mentioned racking... I have heard that term a couple of times now; what exactly is racking? Thanks!
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Racking is transferring the brew/cider into another carboy, or another container after the initial fermentation has completed. To do this you need to siphon the brew/cider, so that you leave the solids or as much of the solids in the original container. Some will add sugar at this stage. I do not as like I said we like a dryer cider. I usually only rack once, but I have racked again depending on what I am looking for in the end result. Google auto Siphon and or racking cane, makes the job of bottling, and racking a whole bunch easier.
  5. You should have some good stuff. Racking is to siphon it into a differant carboy. That leaves the dead yeast and other stuff in the bottom of your container.

    Happy smoken.

  6. millerk0486

    millerk0486 Meat Mopper

    OK, I understand now. Thanks for both of your input. I have an auto siphon and 5 feet of food grade hose for it. I didn't realize it was called racking. I did get the sugar tablets to drop in the bottles so they could carbonate.

    This is so hard waiting this long for it to brew. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas! Haha

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