It was my very first shot at brewing anything, and now at 1.5 months old I am finally getting to taste this, it is my favorite so far. The body/taste is simply amazing. Very deep and complex character. About 1 pint into this stuff super cold, every sip is a pleasure. It just kicks ass to me. -Completely- different taste and style than Apfelwein, etc. Thought I'd relay what I did here.
This is for a 1 gallon batch, do the math for larger batches:
- 1 gallon unfiltered apple juice (this is key). I used Mott's Natural unfiltered.
- 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar.
- 1/5th packet Premier Cuvee yeast pitched
- Bottle at 1.002-1.006, sit at room temp for 1 week. Refrigerate after 1 week. Yes, you are bottling it hot and letting it prime on its own. The carbonation is excellent and very, very bubbly this way. The bubbles just keep on coming even after sitting out in a glass. It lights your mouth up and keeps on going.
- Let sit in the fridge for 1 month, then sample some badass cider beer.
Unfiltered juice with this type of setup is a little different, it has a sour note right off the bat which mellows out eventually. This is not something you want to be caught storing at room temperature, incoming bottle bombs. It has to be refrigerated after a week, and continues to carb in the fridge slightly. It does not clear, and ends up looking more appropriately like beer than anything else. Throw it in some amber bottles and life is good. But it tastes like a full bodied beer that is just enjoyable and you can sip on all day. It is enjoyable out the gate and soon becomes liquid crack when you get into it. I think my OG was around 1.054 with this, and bottling a little hot it ended up 5%.
This rules give it a try