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Fresh Orchard Juice or Store Bought?
  • jlwjlw
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    Is there any difference? I read through the guide and I didn't see much of a difference other than the amount of time it takes from "brew day" to glass. Is there a taste difference?

    Also, I have finally figured out what my wife doesn't like a bout beer. It's the yeast or the fermentation process that produces what she describes as a beer taste. So if I were to make an cider that she would use what type of yeast would I try?
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    the main difference is body.
    store bought juice generally comes up lacking in body and tastes thin. when you're not in the season for fresh juice, use store bought, but during the fall, always go for fresh juice.

    yeast is personal preference. i still think one of the best is S-04, a beer yeast. never had anyone say it had anything remotely like a beer taste though

    if you don't want to use beer yeast, something like Lalvin d-47, montrachet, or good old champagne yeast will work fine. my biggest complaint about champagne yeast is that it works so fast, it blows many of the delicate phenols through the airlock. they will come back, but it requires longer aging. (this is similar to mead)

    another important note, wine yeast has much much lower temperature range than beer. down as low as 48 and most of them still work great, just a little slower.
  • ceanntceannt
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    All I have ever used is straight from the orchard .... local apples ... has a lot of suspended solids .. but it all settles out .. I am a bit afraid of preservatives and such in the store bought
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    ceannt said:

    All I have ever used is straight from the orchard .... local apples ... has a lot of suspended solids .. but it all settles out .. I am a bit afraid of preservatives and such in the store bought



    it's usually just ascorbic acid. the yeast don't seem to mind it much.
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    citric, sometimes malic, none matter in the least and actually help improve the body slightly.
    potassium sorbate and things like that are the problems.
    as i have said for decades, acid is good.

    scoob
  • scoobscoob
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    citric, sometimes malic, none matter in the least and actually help improve the body slightly.
    potassium sorbate and things like that are the problems.
    as i have said for decades, acid is good.


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  • scoobscoob
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    This has been a question of mine, there are some small orchards up north here, but the charge for their juice and cider as if it were the sweat from a 19 year old virgins loins.

    I think store bought is my best option price wise
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