Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

NJ Cider #2 Bottled

I bottled it today. It finished at 1.000 SG. I have no idea what ABV it is because I added a ton of apples to the brew. It might be between 8 and 10% somewhere.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Holiday Cider Bottled

Starting Gravity = 1.060
Finishing Gravity = 1.000
Alcohol By Volume = 7.74%

Friday, November 28, 2008


I moved the NJ#2 to the secondary today. The SG was 1.000

Holiday Cider Racked again, this time with cinnamon

I moved the cider to another carboy today. There was a ton of sediment in the original container. I also wanted a little more cinnamon flavor so after I moved it I added 3/4 ounces cinnamon stick and about 1 T ground cinnamon. The SG was 1.000.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Peach Ginger Mead Bottled

Starting Gravity = 1.122
Finishing Gravity = 0.992
Alcohol By Volume = 16.77% (at least, that doesn't figure in sugar from the 10 pounds of peaches)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

NJ Cider #2

The NJ cider is a hit. A couple of ladies at my tailgate really loved it and want me to brew up a ton more for them. NJ said she wanted more apple flavor. So I decided to pack some apple flavor into the next batch. The other thing I did different this time was instead of using yeast from a packet I poured the juice etc onto the leftover yeast from the holiday cider.

NJ Cider #2
4 gallons unsweetened Country Fare 100% Apple Juice from concentrate
10 pounds of apples, peel left on, sliced. Mix of Jonathon, Braeburn, Granny Smith and Cortland
1 pound honey
1 tsp pectinase enzyme

Pitched onto the yeast leftover from the Holiday Cider. 11/9/8 start date.

Holiday Cider Moved to Secondary

I moved the Holiday Cider to the secondary on 11/9/8. The specific gravity right now is 1.012.

It is going to have a real nice flavor and color!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Holiday Cider

Today I whipped up some Holiday Cider. It should be ready for Christmas and New Years. It is a mix of apple juice and cranberry juice with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. I'm hoping its tasty.

Holiday Cider

3 gallons Musselman's 100% apple juice
2 gallons Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1 lb light brown sugar
5 sticks cinnamon
1 packet Safeale US-05 Yeast

Starting Gravity - 1.060