Welcome to Northern Brewer

– "Brew, Share, Enjoy."

Making cider from shop bought apple juice

Moderator: Global Moderators

<<

richsmith

Brewer

Posts: 61

Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:57 am

Post Sat May 21, 2011 7:47 am

Making cider from shop bought apple juice

Can i make cider from apple juice bought from the shop if so would i need to add any sugar.
<<

TheTooth

User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 455

Joined: Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:05 pm

Location: Long Beach, CA

Post Sat May 21, 2011 10:55 am

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

richsmith wrote:Can i make cider from apple juice bought from the shop if so would i need to add any sugar.


Yes, you can make it from store bought juice. No, you don't need to add sugar unless you are trying to make apple wine.

I make a simple cider that my wife loves by using 5 gallons of tree top 3-apple blend store-bought apple juice and a vial of White Labs WLP775 English Cider Yeast. Like all ciders, just make sure to let it sit for a few months. Age makes it awesome.
<<

richsmith

Brewer

Posts: 61

Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:57 am

Post Sat May 21, 2011 11:02 am

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

How much do you pay for the apple juice.i will give it a try.
<<

Baratone Brewer

User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 4742

Joined: Wed May 19, 2010 5:47 am

Location: Missouri

Post Sat May 21, 2011 12:56 pm

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

Look for juice that is preservative free or you'll have problems.
<<

TheTooth

User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 455

Joined: Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:05 pm

Location: Long Beach, CA

Post Sat May 21, 2011 5:56 pm

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

richsmith wrote:How much do you pay for the apple juice.i will give it a try.


I usually find it on sale for between $5 and $6/gallon (in half-gallon bottles), so it's about $30 for a 5 gallon batch... plus yeast.
<<

richsmith

Brewer

Posts: 61

Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:57 am

Post Sun May 22, 2011 2:39 am

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

They dont sell it in big bottles like that in england i dont think.
<<

Baratone Brewer

User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 4742

Joined: Wed May 19, 2010 5:47 am

Location: Missouri

Post Sun May 22, 2011 3:34 am

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

There should be a large variety of orchards and cider mills in England to choose from when the time is right. Organic or Health Food Stores might also be an option.
<<

TheTooth

User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 455

Joined: Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:05 pm

Location: Long Beach, CA

Post Sun May 22, 2011 9:28 am

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

richsmith wrote:They dont sell it in big bottles like that in england i dont think.


I'm not even sure they sell Tree Top 3 apple blend in England. For fun, I took a look at Tesco's website. The juice I'd try if I were going with store-bought there would be the "Tesco Not From Concentrate Pressed Apple Juice". They apparently sell it in 1 litre size (3 for 4 pounds) or 1.75 litre size (2.36 pounds).

Flavor-wise, I don't know how this will differ from the brand I use. This was the only apple juice they seemed to carry that wasn't from concentrate, and they want you to keep it refrigerated, which leads me to believe it has no preservatives in it like the others that want to be stored "in a cool place until opened".

Hope this helps.
<<

richsmith

Brewer

Posts: 61

Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:57 am

Post Sun May 22, 2011 11:31 am

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

I was in tescos yesterday and saw the same apple juice that you mentioned and was thinking of trying that one. Now you have suggested it i think i will definitely try it.thanks
<<

richsmith

Brewer

Posts: 61

Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:57 am

Post Sun May 22, 2011 2:31 pm

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

So when i make the cider do i keep it in a warm environment then add the yeast when it is warm enough.
<<

TheTooth

User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 455

Joined: Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:05 pm

Location: Long Beach, CA

Post Sun May 22, 2011 11:03 pm

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

richsmith wrote:So when i make the cider do i keep it in a warm environment then add the yeast when it is warm enough.


I like to ferment my ciders in the 60's (about 17 - 20 degrees C). You can get away fermenting it warmer, but I like the cleaner flavor profile of the cooler fermentation.

Making cider this way is unbelievably simple. I just pour the juice into a fermenter and add the yeast. Then I let it come up to fermentation temperature on it's own. The yeast will become active and generate more heat as it comes up to temp. Gravity will drop under 1.0 (usually around .996-ish) when it's complete. Then I keg it and leave the keg in my cellar for 3 - 6 months. Then I put it in the kegerator, carbonate it, and enjoy.
<<

richsmith

Brewer

Posts: 61

Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:57 am

Post Mon May 23, 2011 2:44 am

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

Ok thanks.
<<

richsmith

Brewer

Posts: 61

Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:57 am

Post Mon May 23, 2011 1:51 pm

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

Do i need to degas it before bottling it.
<<

Baratone Brewer

User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 4742

Joined: Wed May 19, 2010 5:47 am

Location: Missouri

Post Mon May 23, 2011 1:53 pm

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

richsmith wrote:Do i need to degas it before bottling it.

Not if you plan on carbonating it.
<<

TheTooth

User avatar

Master Brewer

Posts: 455

Joined: Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:05 pm

Location: Long Beach, CA

Post Mon May 23, 2011 2:08 pm

Re: Making cider from shop bought apple juice

That depends on how you plan on serving it. My wife and I like it carbonated (like Blackthorne, or similar), so we don't degas it. After a few months in a keg in our cellar, I hook it up to the gas in the kegerator and begin drinking as soon as it's carbonated enough for our liking.

If you want a still cider, you will likely need to degas it like a wine.

I usually don't degas my fruit or grape wines, but that's because I leave them to bulk age in carboy for over a year, typically. In that time, they degas themselves. I wouldn't leave a cider that long, though, as it's usually as good as it's going to get in a few months. Apple wine, however (mine is usually around 12%abv), I will leave in the carboy for about a year to bulk age, at which point degassing seems unnecessary. :blah:
Next

Return to Cider

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users