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Old 01-03-2014, 01:12 PM   #1
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I had a bottle of this yesterday & it went down so smooth, I had to share.
I didn't set out to age it 20 months, it just sort of worked out that way. The hops flavour & aroma had aged out, but it was quite tasty just the same.

Munich Graff
2lbs pale LME
2lbs caramunich (60L)
1lb two row
1.5 oz torrified wheat
3oz flaked oats
3oz (by weight) unsulphured molasses
Four 12oz cans frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed)
Two 12oz cans frozen white grape juice concentrate (thawed)
1.5 gallons water
1 teaspoon malic acid
3 teaspoons DAP
3 teaspoons yeast nutrient
3 teaspoons yeast energizer
5.25 gallons apple juice
0.7oz hops (I used leaf Perle AA: 7.2%)

Mash grain @ 155*F for 50 minutes
Boil 35 minutes, add hops at start of boil.
Add molasses at flameout.
Add wort to juice, the juice will chill the wort to pitch temp.
OG: 1.076 / FG: 1.010
Pitch Nottingham yeast & ferment cool (about 62-64*F.)
This is designed to be 6 gallons after racking.
Rack in 30 days.
Bulk age 20 months, then bottle.
It finishes a little sweet & should give you an ABV of about 9%

This goes down dangerously smooth & easy, you'll be feeling it before the end of a pint, it kind of sneaks up on you.
Regards, GF.

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Sounds really nice GF. Did the hops at least contribute some bitterness to the final flavor? I imagine with a 35 min boil you wouldn't have gotten much aroma from them anyway.

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They did, but you really don't notice them. It's more like you'd notice their absence rather than their presence; which was what I was going for. You could easily taste them in the unfermented wort. It finishes a bit sweet; IMHO, this turned out to be a sweet, sparkling malt cider, no pasteurization or force carbing required.

I know, it sounds like I'm claiming to have created the "mythical beast" & I suppose it all depends on your definition of "sweet," but it's sweet to my taste, and it's carbed, bottle conditioned 5 weeks & no bottle bombs. The FG was 1.010 & it didn't change in 18 months. A gentle pour creates almost no head, an aggressive pour will give you an inch of head, but it dissipates quickly, only lasts about a minute, but leaves some lacing.
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