Hard Cider

Hard Cider

Post by Snak » Thu, 20 Jan 1994 23:59:28



        We are thinking of brewing some hard cider.  We have access to
        regular cider [no preservatives], and the usual brewing type
        supplies.  Any tips, especially having to do with which type
        of yeast to use would be most appreciated... Or are we missing
        something fundamental?

        - Snake

 
 
 

Hard Cider

Post by Stephen M. We » Wed, 26 Jan 1994 04:10:17


Quote:

>    We are thinking of brewing some hard cider.  We have access to
>    regular cider [no preservatives], and the usual brewing type
>    supplies.  Any tips, especially having to do with which type
>    of yeast to use would be most appreciated... Or are we missing
>    something fundamental?

I recently bottled my first batch of cider.  I just got 5 gallons of fresh,
100-percent apple cider (it pays to know people who run an apple orchard),
poured it in a carboy, and added 2 packets of Red Star ale yeast.  Let it
sit for a long time and bottled it.  Tastes okay.  About 7% *** and
clear as glass.  Weak apple taste, but nice mouthfeel and aroma.  By 'a long
time' I mean until all bubbles stopped and the cider started to clear (about
6 weeks altogether).

As an experiment I left about 1 pint of cider in the just in the refrigerator.
Fermented by itself (as it was supposed to) and resulted in a better flavour
and aroma, but not as clear.  Apples, like grapes, naturally harbour wild

I think next time I think I would use a lager yeast (my brewery is too cool
in the late fall for ales).  Some suggest a champagne yeast, but I think you
would end up with sparkling apple wine instead of cider.  I would also rack
to a secondary to help with clarification on removal of some off-tastes
(but I'd have to plan to be in-town at the time, too).  You might want to
add some pectinase to aid in clarification, and yeast nutrients if you're
concerned about that kind of thing.

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