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Recipe: Hard Apple Cider

Source: Homebrew Recipe Website - http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-i-love-apfelwein-14860/

Based on Ed Wort's award winning and popular Apfelwein recipe. I used cider instead of apple juice, demerera sugar instead of corn sugar and Lavlin EC-1118 champagne yeast.

  • Started Brewing: Oct 02, 2011
  • Original Gravity: 1.069
  • Finished Brewing: Nov 13, 2011
  • Final Gravity: 1.000
  • Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%
  • Would Make Again?: Yes  

Final Review

It was easy and cheap to make but still tasty. I will likely make this again. I'd like to try some other yeasts. I've heard using an ale yeast will make it come out a little sweeter.

Taste Notes

I don't drink a lot of cider but I kind of like this one. Very dry with a hint of apple. Strong ABV but no hot alcohol flavor. A nice change of pace especially in the fall.

Notes From Oct. 2, 2011 (Brewing)

Gravity Reading: 1.069

Seems like a lot of people were talking about making cider. After seeing how easy it is I decided to give it a try. I started with Ed's recipe with a few small changes. I'm going to give it four weeks in the primary and two weeks to carbonate and see how that goes. That would make it ready in time for Thanksgiving so we'll see what the family thinks.

Notes From Oct. 8, 2011 (Other)

Gravity Reading: [Not given]

About a week later and it's still bubbling away. It has very little krausen. I had a couple feet of tubing for a blow off but I didn't need it. A simple airlock would have done the trick.

Notes From Oct. 29, 2011 (Bottling/Kegging)

Gravity Reading: 1.000

Bottled tonight and took a small taste. Impressed and a little surprised at the low gravity reading. The recipe said it would be more dry than sweet and that's true for me. The finish is very dry with just a hint of apple. It's almost more like a white wine than any cider I had ever had. Interested to see how this ages and what it tastes like cold and carbonated.