Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Aging strawberry cider finally coming good :)
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-06-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Perth, WA
Posts: 48
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Aging strawberry cider finally coming good :)

I bottled a 23L batch of strawberry/apple cider 3 months ago. OG was 1.054, FG after adding strawberry syrup and before bottling was 1.02. I wasn't looking for anything strong, just something refreshing and sweet for the upcoming summer.
Using my trusty 600ml plastic bottle as a carbonation indicator, I realised that I should've added some sugar pre-bottling, because after a month there were barely any bubbles. So I just played the waiting game.........
I tasted one after a month of bottle conditioning........had a FANTASTIC smell, but a little too much bite, just a tad too bitter.
After 2 months in the bottles, I started opening a bottle every week. Each time I open one, it seems to taste better and better, but still not perfect.
Opened one just now after exactly 3 months of bottle conditioning, and carbonation levels are near perfect, smell is unreal, but that zingy bite is still lingering.

Anyone have experience with really long bottle conditioning? I'm accustomed to drinking a sweeter cider after a maximum of one month of conditioning.

Best to stove top pasteurise and let it sit for a while longer?

sa101 is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-06-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
gratus fermentatio
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
gratus fermentatio's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Montana
Posts: 9,673
Liked 1146 Times on 744 Posts
Likes Given: 3291


Age does wonderful things, I've aged cider as long as a year & you might find another month or two, or even six will be just what your cider needs.
Regards, GF.

gratus fermentatio is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Peach Cider / Strawberry Cider: What's a good OG? Evan! Cider Forum 16 07-19-2011 05:35 AM
finally all coming together TJ-Bill Bottling/Kegging 20 02-03-2009 04:16 PM
Hard Strawberry Lemonade finally took off... Duckfoot Home Brewing Photo Forum 14 09-16-2008 08:28 PM
Finally coming home Sherpa FE General Chit Chat 16 12-10-2007 11:52 PM

Newest Threads