Do all kits take so long?

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  1. May 17, 2014 #1

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    First attempt at a cider kit from Wilkos.
    I've read up on how not to believe the instructions but it's been 4 weeks since I started it and it's still slowly fermenting, I've kept it at room temp and not used any heating aids.
    Smell nice but should I be more patient or use heating equipment? What heating equipment do you recommend?
     
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    a heat pad would be the best bet
     
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    No problem with warmth now, surely? This weekend might be the British summer FGS.
    Beer kits are usually pretty much foolproof. Cider kits are a pain.
    An absolute and total pain in the...

    Adding sugar to apple juice works very poorly and if you work out how much actual apple juice went into the average kit, it is only about 12L's worth.

    Good luck with it, mate, but heating it up artificially will do no good whatsoever right now.
     
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    Agree with Slid...cider kits are a total pain....

    Am drinking one now...taste is ok but nothing special..

    I think they need quite a long time..both brewing and conditioning...I think perhaps 9 months to a year...

    Cider is also quite cheap to buy...and the variation in taste does not seem to be there compared to beer and all its variants...
     
  5. May 19, 2014 #5

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    Thanks for your replies and advise, maybe I shouldn't of picked cider as a first kit!
    Once this is finally bottled I think I'll go for an ale kit with a heat pads, lessons learnt and looking forward to learning more :-)
     
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    Unless you live in a old cold house you will not need heat pads, in winter my house rarely gets below 15c and my wine always finishes, it does take longer but that is no bad thing, its now 21c and gets higher in the summer months, i have managed without heat pads and belts save yourself some money. :thumb:
     

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