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!