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Old 12-12-2008, 02:08 AM   #1
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Hey all,

New home brewer here. I have an Oktoberfest in primary and want to make something the fiance will like. She tends to like cider and beer that is 'fruity'. Any suggestions for someone who is new to this (read: need something easy)?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-12-2008, 02:13 AM   #2
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Hefeweizen!

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Old 12-12-2008, 02:21 AM   #3
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You could try a basic cider recipe. It won't be ready as quickly as a hefeweizen but if you don't bump your OG up too much it could be ready to drink within a couple months.

I listened to and then shamelessly followed the Jamil Show episode on Standard Cider The Brewing Network.com - The Jamil Show: Standard Cider - The Jamil Show 11-06-06 . The one I made was from pasteurized, but no preservative, super market cider. I used pectic enzyme, Cote Des Blancs Yeast, and I used apple juice concentrate (again no preservatives) to bump up the OG to 1.055. It fermented out and cleared in under a month and it's been carbing for a week now. Should be ready to go by Xmas.

It came out dry at 1.000 but very apple-y and the Strongbow fans who tried it out of the fermenter asked for a second glass.

Double Edit: Don't forget to grab some yeast nutrient. It probably won't make or break your cider but it will move it along a little quicker and prevent the sulfery "Rhino Farts" you'll see mentioned.

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If I can do ciders she will be very happy. She has been supportive of this new hobby so I want to make her something nice. Do they make any 'kits' for cider?

WDC, I just moved from Mclean VA to Atlanta GA but I used to work in DC.

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I haven't seen any but the only things you would need from the LHBS are yeast and pectic enzyme. That first batch of cider can be even easier than a kit wine. After that the fun is in making it complicated .

If she likes her wines super-dry and light bodied then you should also give Edwort's Apfelwein a shot. It's a bit of a system shock for cider lovers but it wins awards for a reason. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-i-love-apfelwein-14860/

All right! One more ex-beltway dweller on the forum! I hope you moved for fun and not because of the upcoming handover. Regardless of how I feel about the exiting POTUS I always hate to see folks leave before they are ready.

EDIT: The cider forum here may not be as busy as the beer forum but it has people like CvilleKevin http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/results-juice-yeast-sugar-experiments-83060/ who know too much and are willing to share.

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do Edwort's Apfelwein. easy and cheap, and chicks dig it. Plus it makes you take your clothes off so that is a bonus for you.

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Belgian ales can be very fruity.

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Pale Ale and Fresh Blueberries.

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In the Pacific Northwest I've heard this hella times from women, "I don't like beer...except Ruby by McMenamins"

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/anyone-got-recipe-mcmenamins-ruby-ale-48354/

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