Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Strawberry Lemonade Strawberry Cider

I decided to make a summer-time cider with an interesting combination of flavors, in my 3-gallon carboy.  The base is 4 bottles of regular apple juice.  On top of that, I added one bottle of Cran-Strawberry juice and one bottle of Pink Lemonade.  For yeast, I used Wyeast Sweet Mead.

The OG was a nice 1.45. This should be light and tart.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Blueberry Cider and Cranberry Cider

I decided to aim for some solid, simple blueberry cider and cranberry cider--the last time I made these, they were tart and bubbly and the perfect thing to sip on a hot summer day.  The recipe that I'm trying for each of these is very basic. 

Cranberry Cider
  • A 32 ounce bottle of Trade Joe's 100% blueberry juice, 96 ounces of regular apple juice, and Wyeast Sweet Mead yeast. 

Blueberry Cider
  • A 32 ounce bottle of Trade Joe's 100% blueberry juice, 96 ounces of regular apple juice, and Wyeast "Forbidden Fruit" yeast 

The OG for each of these was approximately 1.40.  Can't wait!

Pear Cider (different types!)

After a long delay, I'll start blogging about my cider brewing again.

In early June, I started two separate 1-gallon batches of pear cider.  I used the juice from a jar of Trader Joe's pears (one per jug) and filled up the rest with regular apple juice. (Note that the juice actually has a fair amount of white grape juice--that said, it tastes mostly like pear.)  The only difference between the two batches was the type of yeast I used.  For one of them, I used my trusty stand-by of Safale S-04--a nice clean ale yeast.  For the other, I used a Wyeast Sweet Mead yeast, which I haven't used before, but promised a fruity profile.  The OG for both of the batches was 1.4

Three weeks later, fermentation was done, and I wanted to make further sub-batches.  First, however, I bottled a couple of bottles with plain pear-cider. 

Next, I wanted to experiment with some (hopefully complementary) tea flavors.  So, I brewed two separate cups of tea with five tea bags each of (1) Trader Joe's Ginger Pear White Tea and (2) Trader Joe's Pomegranate White Tea.   The latter one has a particularly rich, deep red color, so I bottled those in clear bottles (just for presentation purposes).



I did the same thing for each jug, and kept track of which type of yeast was used.  All told, I now have six (slightly) different types of cider from this experiment: sweet mead plain pear cider, sweet mead pomegranate pear cider, sweet mead ginger pear cider, and S-04 ale yeast versions of all of these.
I'm looking forward to taste-testing them!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bottling Two Simple Ciders--(1) Mott's Fresh Pressed and Safale US-05 (2) Martinelli's and Windsor

I bottled the two simple ciders I had started--they finished at about the same time, about 9 days after pitching.  

First, here is the simple cider made from Mott's fresh-pressed apple juice (a mixture of real juice and juice from concentrate) and Safale S-05.  As you can see, it was still fairly cloudy, likely due to the fact that this juice wasn't filtered--i.e. it was cloudy to begin with.  
This batch went straight down to the 1.000 mark.  Definitely ok to bottle.  I add my usual amount of priming sugar--5 tsp for 1 gallon and bottled.

I also bottled the Martinelli's and Windsor, and tried a sample of this from the hydrometer.  

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blueberry Cider

I was yearning to try a different fruit mixture, so I decided to shoot for a blueberry cider.

This batch  consists of:

(1) Nature's Own 100% Apple Juice (a combination of real juice and juice from concentrate)

(2) Trader Joe's "Blueberry Estate," a blend of blueberry juice, and blueberry, apple, and grape juice concentrate.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Simple Cider -- Motts "Fresh-Pressed" and Safbrew S-05

I started a new batch of simple cider, again using a combination of juice and yeast that I've never tried before.

This batch was:

 (1) Mott's "Fresh-Pressed" Apple Juice, which appears to be a mixture of juice and juice from concentrate.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bottling -- Simple Cider (Mott's "Fresh-pressed" and Safbrew WB-06)

The bubbling had stopped and the clarity had improved after 10 days, so I checked on the Simple Cider made from Mott's "Fresh-pressed" and Safbrew WB-06.