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Old 02-23-2012, 02:33 AM   #21
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Thanks! I have my batch fermenting away and it looks great. Do you have any suggestions based off of how yours is turning out?

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Old 02-23-2012, 04:46 PM   #22
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not really. Mine is almost done but is still just bubbling along. It is fairly cold in my basement so all of my wines and ciders are simply crawling along at a snails pace. As soon as it begins to clear (could be any day now) I will back-sweeten/prime and bottle.

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Old 03-12-2012, 06:18 PM   #23
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BOTTLED TODAY!!!!!!

The cider is very tart but is as I expected. I added 2 cups of my caramel syrup which makes the cider about 2/3 as sweet as apple juice before it is fermented. I know a lot of you like your cider only slightly sweet but because of all the tartness I needed the extra sugar. Even young, it tastes fantastic!!!!!!! You get the tartness, much like a green or mac apple, you get the sweet caramel playing off that tartness and the best part is the creamy texture from the oats. I new the oats would add body and give a much better mouth feel but I never expected something this rich, luxurious, and smooth. This cider has as much, if not more body and creamy mouth feel than a dark beer. I could not be happier with the result!!!

The caramel also added lots of color. Rather than the cider being a pail amber it is now a rich golden brown. Basically it is the color that the apple juice started with before the yeast stripped out some of the color.

I am also really glad I used 4 cans of concentrate rather than the 2.5 cans required to make 1 gallon of juice. This gave me lots of extra apple flavor as well as an ABV of about 7.5 without having to add any pure sugar.

The cider is bottle carbonating right now and in a few days I will pasteurize and then give it at least a month to age. I can only imagine how much better this cider is going to get once it is carbonated and aged.

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:10 PM   #24
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This recipe is on my next to do list. Still letting the emu cider age a bit but getting the twitch to bottle and drink now that the weather is turning warmer. Just need to find some fresh pressed juice to work with now... And a spare carboy.

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Old 03-13-2012, 01:37 AM   #25
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Awesome! Very exciting to hear as mine is close to the end of fermentation. Thanks for the updates.

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Old 03-13-2012, 11:59 AM   #26
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Interesting; think I'd get the same, or at least very similar result by using flaked oats instead of the oat milk?
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:11 PM   #27
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probably, flaked oats is how I made the oat milk

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Old 03-13-2012, 11:06 PM   #28
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Then I shall brew up a version of this on Saturday. Thanks for sharing yourprogress/recipes/outcome on this. Next time I'm in Kalispell, I'l buy you a beer.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:30 PM   #29
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It only took 10 days to get this brew to carbonate up. I am not surprised as the yeast was Montrachet and I had the bottles sitting in a case on the floor in my basement. That Montrachet yeast does not like the cold. With the CO2 levels where I wanted them I pasteurized yesterday and will now let the cider age at least a couple of weeks before cracking one open. Will report back with pix in a couple of weeks.

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Old 03-24-2012, 09:22 PM   #30
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subbed. very curious about the turn out.. sounds like a fantastic start!

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