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Old 09-17-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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Hey all! I am in process of brewing my first batch of homebrew, hard cider!

After reading Extreme Brewing, and trolling forums nonstop, I think I'm ready...

Here's what I'm doing...

Steep:

4oz Honey Malt 20L in 1 gal apple juice at 150F for 15 mins.

Ferment:

Apple Tea
4 gallons unfiltered organic apple juice
White Labs WLP300 Hefeweizen Ale yeast
No added sugar

I'm hoping for a somewhat sweet, fairly low ABV%. Going to bottle carb it after it ferments out in primary. I decided to use the Crystal to give it a slight malt backbone, and to give the yeast a few additional sugars to work with. I selected the yeast instead of a champagne yeast to allow some residual sugar, and hopefully obtain a slight fruity clove flavor...

I made up this recipe, so we'll see how it goes, but I love to cook and I learn well from experimenting. So who knows. I'll report back!



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Old 09-17-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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Last minute change. I swapped the Crystal 120L for some Honey Malt 20L. Hoping to avoid any astrigent roasted flavors...

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