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eskimoJoe 03-25-2013 03:16 AM

light sparkling cyser/ale
 
Hello all this is my first post. I will be making a cyser/mead with the following ingredients.

10 cans frozen apple juice concentrate (1.74 kilograms sugar)
5 lbs clover honey
topped off to 5 gallons with spring water
safale s-04 dry ale yeast

starting gravity was 1.072, and im not sure what the FG will be. i think it will fall into the range

1.000= 9.74%
1.010= 8.47%
1.020 = 7.17%.

i considered using montrachet or cort de blanc yeast, but i want a bit of sweetness, hence the use of ale yeast. i also hope to carbonate in bottles.

ill check back in a few weeks.

eskimoJoe 04-02-2013 11:59 PM

9 days later , gravity is at 1.036 with no krausen and constant bubbles flowing . I plan to bottle at 1.010.( approx. 8%) with an appropriate amount of priming sugar, then pasteurize.

eskimoJoe 04-17-2013 03:53 AM

After 22 days the gravity fell to 1.010, but I can tell it was still fermenting. so I racked to a bottling bucket for a day, then added dextrose to prime, and bottled. I will open one a day to check for adequate carbonation, then pasteurize.

eskimoJoe 04-27-2013 06:55 AM

After being primed for 8 days the carbonation was slight and enough for my liking, so I pasteurized at 150-160 for 12 mins. This is a low temp and a short length of time for pasteurization, but the abv was high so I feared a high temp Pasteurization would result in bottle bombs. I prewarmed the bottles in the sink with hot tap water mixed with hot water from a coffee maker. No bottle bombs during pasteurization.

notes : cider is still cloudy, and the flavor isn't perfect yet, but has a good light level of sweetness. Drinkable, but I do hope it gets better with age.

eskimoJoe 04-27-2013 06:56 AM

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Photo before pasteurizing

HopHeaven 04-30-2013 04:02 AM

Looking good. Yeah, at 8% you'll want to wait at least a month. What did it taste like at bottling?

eskimoJoe 05-01-2013 10:24 PM

It's like a pretty standard apple ale, yet not as sweet and way less carbonated, and still very yeasty tasting. I'm also storing In my fridge with the setting on cold, just in case they try to bottle bomb. so far they haven't gained any carbonation.

Is it possible to bottle condition after pasteurization ?
Is it possible to bottle condition at cold temps? Those are questions I am thinking a out right now.

CiderRules 05-01-2013 11:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eskimoJoe (Post 5159330)
It's like a pretty standard apple ale, yet not as sweet and way less carbonated, and still very yeasty tasting. I'm also storing In my fridge with the setting on cold, just in case they try to bottle bomb. so far they haven't gained any carbonation.

Is it possible to bottle condition after pasteurization ?
Is it possible to bottle condition at cold temps? Those are questions I am thinking a out right now.

Yeast need to be active in order to bottle condition, so they most likely won't in the fridge and definitely will not after pasteurization.

Next time make a plastic bottle tester and open one until they seem good. Usually 2-7 days.

eskimoJoe 05-03-2013 04:40 AM

I think you misunderstood me... They are carbonated, but only very lightly. When I said they haven't gained carbonation, I meant since from it was pasteurized. I actually used plastic water bottles to gauge carbonation.

eskimoJoe 05-03-2013 04:41 AM

It is too bad it won't age after pasteurizing. Oh well! still tastes pretty ok, it was my first cider after all.


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