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First Time Cider

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First Time Cider

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Beer Style: Common Cider  (27A)
Recipe Type: other
Yield: 5 US gallons

Common Cider


I've had really outstanding luck with a recipe out of a wine-making book, which I thought I'd include here. Some of the ingredients are wine-specific, but I found them all in my local brew shop.


  • 5 gallons unpreserved cider
  • sugar or apple concentrate to raise O.G. to 1060
  • 2 tablespposn pectic enzyme
  • 2 teaspoons liquid tannin (or dry tannin)
  • 1-1/2 campden tables
  • 1 or 2 packs champagne yeast or ale yeast
  • 1 or 2 packs yeast nutrient

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1060
Final Gravity: 0.997 - 0.960
Recipe Type: other
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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Mix all but yeast and nutrient, wait one day for sulphites to dissipate. Pitch yeast. Champagne yeast will give you dry cider, ale yeast a sweeter cider (which I prefer). Ferment to completion, rack to carboy, age one month, bottle with 3/4 cups corn or brown sugar (try using 1 litre PET bottles).

For best results, use the second set of ingreds. to make a starter mixture with 0.5 cups sugar in 1 cup boiled water on the first day and pitch the lot the second day.

For most predictable (sp?) sweet cider results, use champagne yeast. When complete and aged, add sulphite to kill the yeast, add 10+ oz Wine Conditioner for sweetnes (to taste), filter, and sparkle with CO2. (too much work for me)

With champagne yeast this goes to completion rather fast (