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Old 07-26-2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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My grandmother passed away almost 2 months ago. I received a small box full of her old recipe's and one of them was for a cider. I have everything needed to make it and an empty 5g carboy. I'm not sure if it would be worth it and I cannot find anything similar to go by.

Old Fuzzy's Cider

4.5g apple juice
2 black tea bags
3 banana's
3/4-1c rolled oats
2lb brown sugar
yeast

cook sliced banana's and oats in cheesecloth bag @ 155f for 30min in 1 gallon of water. Remove from heat after 30min @155f and add tea and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved, throw away tea bags, oats, and banana's. Cool to room temp and pour into carboy. add apple juice until full, pitch yeast, bottle in 2-3 weeks with priming sugar.

No idea on what type of yeast. I was thinking of using s-04 since that is what I have on hand. I have light and darlk brown sugar.

What is the purpose of the oats? Body? Don't banana's add body?

Ideas would be great. I am thinking of brewing it just to see but...

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Old 07-26-2011, 07:29 PM   #2
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Interesting! I would image she used baking yeast, by the way, if you want to keep it as similar as you can.

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I was thinking that as well. I wish there were a few more details in the recipe.

Well, i decided to give it a shot. What can it hurt besides tie up a carboy?

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Well it's in the fermenter. I used dark brown sugar, 1c of rolled oats, Earl Grey tea, and s-04 yeast. Followed it as closely as I could. O.G = 1.058

I only used 4g of juice so far. I left a couple inches of head space and attached a blowoff tube. I'll top up with more juice after initial fermentation.

It has a nice dark brown color, very close to a fresh pressed cider. The wort or liquor, not sure what to call it, had a very nice flavor that reminded me of good granola. All put together it smells like apple pie.

Worries:
Heavy banana flavor

Long aging time

Pectin Haze from banana

A lot of Gross Lees

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too late since you have already made it, and i have no experience whatsoever with bananas let alone cooked bananas, and it sounds weird, but,,, How could you not make it!! tribute to your nan! lees be damned i'm sure you'll enjoy it

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I think the oats give it more of a head retention? Not sure. Bananas are used for body without much of a taste. I'd also be careful with the tea, it could get overpowering pretty quick.

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Old 07-27-2011, 01:18 PM   #7
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too late since you have already made it, and i have no experience whatsoever with bananas let alone cooked bananas, and it sounds weird, but,,, How could you not make it!! tribute to your nan! lees be damned i'm sure you'll enjoy it
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I think the oats give it more of a head retention? Not sure. Bananas are used for body without much of a taste. I'd also be careful with the tea, it could get overpowering pretty quick.
Is anything else needed for "head"? I don't brew beer (though I drink a ton of it) only wine and cider. I have never had "head" on a cider other than BrandonO's Graff.



All in all, fermentation took off nicely last night. within a couple hours of pitching yeast. No foam or blowoff issues. I topped up with more juice this morning and the airlock is bubbling away. It's at 68°f.
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This sounds awesome! Keep us posted on the results!

I've been thinking about doing a tea infused cider myself. Did you stick to 2 bags per 5 gallons?

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This sounds awesome! Keep us posted on the results!

I've been thinking about doing a tea infused cider myself. Did you stick to 2 bags per 5 gallons?
Yeah, 2 bags of Earl Grey for the 5 gal.
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That sounds like an AWESOME receipe!!! As soon as I get another carboy, I'm going to try it out. I was going to use S-O4 as well, but maybe I'll use Nottingham.

Keep us posted. Do you think 2-3 weeks is a little short, though?

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