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Hard Cider

131 calories 9 carbs
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Common Cider
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 6 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 6 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.041 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: Ryan
Calories: 131 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 9 g (Per 12oz)
Created Sunday September 29th 2013
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Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
2 lb Brown Sugar2 lb Brown Sugar 45 15 4%
48 lb Cider48 lb Cider 4.4 1 96%
50 lb Total      
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
1 each Campden Tablet Other Other 0 min.
2.5 tsp Pectic Enzyme Fining Other 0 min.
2 tsp Wyeast Yeast Nutrient Other Other 0 min.
White Labs - English Cider Yeast WLP775
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
68 - 75 °F
Fermentation Temp:
68 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.0 (M cells / ml / ° P) 232 B cells required
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The cider was provided by a local farm that sells unpasteurized unfiltered Russet based cider to homebrewers. This batch was 6 gallons.

  1. Add 6 gallons of cider to sanitized bucket.
  2. Add brown sugar to same bucket.
  3. Add 1 crushed campden tablet and wait 12 hours.
  4. Add 1/2 tsp per gallon of pectic enzyme and wait 12 hours.
  5. Add yeast nutrient.
  6. Pitch yeast (2L DME starter)

    Primary until activity subsides (seven to ten days)
    Secondary until clear (1 month min, to 2 months)

    Gravity should be around 1.001 when complete.

    Once secondary is complete, add potassium sorbate (if kegging)
    to prevent re-fermentation, let it sit overnight.

    Bottling is a bit trickier. Read Zymurgy's article on backsweetening cider:

    Add wine conditioner to taste or concentrated cider (freeze and let sit upside-down in cup then add concentrate).

    Gold winner of first round NHC competition 2014, silver in 2015, dry-hopped version won gold in 2016 and gold winner in New York State Fair Homebrew Competition 2014.

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  • Last Updated: 2018-09-19 18:28 UTC
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bradyt88 09/19/2018 at 05:04pm
In your recipe you say to add cider to bucket and sugar to carboy. I'm assuming you mean add the sugar to the cider in the bucket? Or add the sugar to the carboy and rack fermented cider on top?

kblankenship11 09/19/2018 at 06:22pm
Good point, carboy == bucket. I'll fix that in the instructions.

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