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What does it taste like?
It tastes like a wine or a brandy once it is complete.
 
Do I need to refrigerate it while I am waiting the four to six weeks for it to complete?
No, you should pick a place to set it that is out of the way of traffic and does not get very cold. Window sills work great!
 
Do you sell the juice?
Sorry, we do not sell any juice.
 
Does this kit work with any juice?
We have found that this kit will work with almost any fruit juice with the exceptions of cranberry and citric juices such as, Orange and Grapefruit. These do not work because the acids found in these fruits kill the champagne yeast we provide.
 
What juices do you recommend?
Apple juice is a good starter, usually any brand will do.Just make sure it is 100% juice and that it does not have any artificial sweeteners added. No sugar added juices work just as well as juices with added sugar. I do recommend organic juices over non-organic because there is a noticeable flavor difference.
 
Do you sell bottled hard cider?
Right now we do not sell the hard cider that we make, however we are in the process of getting a liquor license to sell in Texas.
 
Do you sell replacement parts?
Yes, we offer all the parts of the kit individually including the yeast on our ordering page.
 
What is the alcohol percent by volume?
There is between 5% and 12% alcohol. However these numbers vary from batch to batch. It depends on the amount of sugar in the juice you are using and the amount of sugar you add to the mixture. The higher the sugar content the greater potential alcohol content. However, this also means the longer you must wait.
 
Is the yeast that remains in the cider ok to drink?
Yes it is. In fact it is actually very healthy to drink the yeast we provide with the kit. The Red Star pasteur Champagne Yeast is a strain called Saccharomyces bayanus. The FDA and EPA both consider this strain to be a safe organism, the EPA report can be read here. WebMD also has an entry about a clos relative of this strain of yeast, Saccharomyces Boulardii which is a common bread yeast. WebMD states that this strain may be considered a probiotic as it helps with many digestive issues. That information is available here.
 
 
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