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Old 07-07-2013, 12:04 AM   #11
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34/70
-forgot to take an Gravity or taste test

Bottling Day 7/6
FG 1.0
Taste: watery with a little something. Cloudy
ABV= 6.6%
Calories = 158 per 12oz

WB-06
- 1.005
- Strong Apple
- Tart Bite
- By far my favorite so far

Bottling Day 7/6
FG 1.006
Taste: Tart! Great apple flavor. I will make this again with 5 gallons
ABV= 5.8%
Calories = 162 per 12oz

Cote Des Blancs
- 1.000
- Dry w/ subtle apple

Bottling Day 7/6
FG 1.010
Taste: sweet! This makes me nervous as all the others dropped gravity points, where the Cote gained some. I only topped off with a very small amount of apple juice. I am hopping for no bottle bombs. I also primed with less apple juice.

ABV= 5.2%
Calories = 164

S-04
- 1.010
- Sweet
- no apple flavor detected
- Might be a good cider to flavor with other juices after ferment. . .

Bottling Day 7/6
FG 1.005
Taste: a bit sweet with a hint of apple. This was cloudy
ABV= 5.9%
Calories = 161

Champagne
- 1.004
- Dry
- Small Apple w/ slight tang

Bottling Day 7/6
FG 1.004
Taste: Dry, a bit tart not much flavor and cloudy

ABV= 6%
Calories = 161
Montrachet
- 1.004
- Sweet
- Little Apple
- Slight tang

Bottling Day 7/6
FG ??? forgot to measure before I took a healthy swig of my testing cider. As a result there was too little to float a hydrometer
Taste: a hint of sweet and a small bite of tartness. There is also something (good) that I can't quiet put my finger on.

ABV=
Calories =

Notty
- 1.010
- Sweet
- No Apple

Bottling Day 7/6
FG 1.005
Taste: A bit tart, and a bit sweet. More flavor of apples than any of the others by a big margin except for WB06 (my favorite).

ABV= 5.9%
Calories = 162

The pictures are from the sampler packs I was making. I put one bottle each to make a 6-er. I held out the Montrachet because I have brewed that one before and know that I wanted a lot of that for me to keep. I got 8 variety six-packs that I plan to give away or taste with friends. I also managed to get at least 1 750ml champagne bottle full of all of the different flavors. I plan to age them and see how they taste with a few months on them. The rest will be for drinking green, as this is probably how I will enjoy them if I brewed any of them again.

On a side note, some of my sanitized bottles got mixed in with my clean bottles. As a result, when I sanitized them all, some were both clean and sanitized others were just sanitized twice. About 1/2 way through I noticed some junk floating in one of the bottles I was filling. I went back and reviewed all that I had filled and found the 10 bottles that had snuck through. Some I will wait it out and see how they taste, but I had to pour two of them. I made them into their own six-packs. So in the end, I really only have 4 respectable sampler packs.

I learned a good lesson. From now on, I don't think I will accept empty bottles that other people have drank. I KNOW that I rinse all of mine twice, check for residue then rinse again. Then I go back later and clean and sanitize them. I got burned because family was drinking up my Zombie Dust clone at my daughter's birthday party and then setting them up in the section where I save my bottles. I saw them all there and assumed that I had rinsed them all and checked that they were clean. . . but sadly they were not. The worst part is most of the bad bottles had my beloved WB06 in them.

Oh well, 10 bottles and I learned a good lesson!

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:14 PM   #12
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Thanks for sharing your experiments Tokerlund! Info makes us all better brewers. Never tried WB-06 , but it sounds like I should. :-)

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Old 08-09-2013, 01:32 AM   #13
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Update:

It is almost 2 months removed from the brew date. I took my 6-pack samplers on vacation and people powered through them. I have gone through all my 1-gallon batches and most of my Notty. I just have a 12-pack of 16oz Mont left.

I just picked up some WB-06 and plan to hit Costco for the apple juice this weekend. I am hoping to make 10 gallons of WB-06 & Juice, 5 for the keg and 5 for bottles. I am hoping this stuff lasts until Thanksgiving. . . or maybe Halloween.

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It is almost 2 months removed from the brew date. I took my 6-pack samplers on vacation and people powered through them. I have gone through all my 1-gallon batches and most of my Notty. I just have a 12-pack of 16oz Mont left.

I just picked up some WB-06 and plan to hit Costco for the apple juice this weekend. I am hoping to make 10 gallons of WB-06 & Juice, 5 for the keg and 5 for bottles. I am hoping this stuff lasts until Thanksgiving. . . or maybe Halloween.
Yup, shoot for Halloween! :-)
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:43 AM   #15
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I have 11 gallons going. I also have some frozen blueberries, Raspberries and blackberries. I plan to put 5 gallons in the keg and then make a few gallon batches of flavored cider.

On top of that I had 12-15 lbs of rhubarb I had to get going. So some of that 4 gallons might end up a blend. In addition to that I have a gallon of strawberry cider and 4 gallons of peach cider that might also blend in to varying degrees with the cider.

I am going to be very happy in about 60 days!

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Old 11-01-2013, 11:58 AM   #16
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Well,

The apple cider went into a keg (5 gallons), I also racked onto 96oz bottles over
Blackberries
Blueberries

and I mixed with some Rhubarb wine I had going but was too big to fit into my 3 gallon carboy and too small to fit into my 6 gallon carboy.

Femented WB-06 racked onto Blackberries:
I immediately bought some more blackberries. This is probably my favorite cider ever.

Femented WB-06 racked onto blueberries:
Turned out 'ok', but I realized I am not a huge fan of blueberries.

Femented WB-06 racked into equal parts Rhubarb wine:
Very, very, very good! Rhubarb wine alone is turning out great, almost like a Pinot Giorgio. Mixing it with the cider was a perfect combination.

I also had made some Peach cider from fresh peaches. I racked that on Blackberries and Blueberries too. The peach also got mixed with some strawberry cider and that is very good. The peach and the strawberry were both Montrachet yeast.


EDIT: Oops, forgot to say I drained the last of my 12 gallon batch last night. Of course that does not count the stuff I mixed above. That is waiting for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Hmph, blackberries huh ? I'll put them on my "need to try" list. I picked up some pints of 100% natural blueberry juice from Kroger on sale at a buck each and was thinking of a lemonade-blueberry thing for the swmbo. My main priority right now is making something for ME. I have not been real pleased with anything except the apple jack I made. On deck is a plan for some butterscotch-apple. My last weak attempt at it was 2 candies per 12 oz bottle and the butterscotch flavor was almost undetectable, as was any extra sweetness.

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Blackberries are less acidic than raspberrys right? I'm trying a cider/raspberry combo this year. Blackberrys might be NEXT years project....

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Walmart has "Apple Pie" apple juice on sale right now. It is apple juice with cinnamon and vanilla extract. I bought 2 gallons to give it a shot.

I also have some frozen raspberries in the freezer that are going to have some cider racked on top of them. I'd love to hear how yours comes out.

Blackberries were awesome, but I love dry and I love tart.

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