Thursday, November 1, 2012

If at first you don't succeed...

...Try to make a cider again.  It didn't take me long to try out my simple cider recipe again.  I wasn't going to let those darn stoppers get in my way (check out the story here).

Back to the store, and for only about $8 a gallon, you can purchase apple cider.

Keep it simple stupid:  I decided against any special added sugar or fermentables this time.  I'd do straight cider with yeast and see what would come of it.  I decided to try a dry ale yeast for this cider, less expensive and easy.  OG was 1.050.  I pitched the yeast, put on the airlock and threw into the temp controlled refrigerator at 64 deg.

The recipe may not be complete though.  We purchased some Apple Pie Spice and may rack to two separate 1 gallon carboys for secondary and experiment with the spice in one, and perhaps added fermentables (brown sugar or cane sugar) to the other.

And time to wait.