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Evan! 05-24-2008 02:55 PM

Peach Cider / Strawberry Cider: What's a good OG?
 
So I was out in Crozet this morning picking strawberries (damn, they look good) and I picked up a gallon each of their strawberry cider and peach cider. I haven't taken gravity readings yet, but what exactly should I be looking to start with, gravity wise? I know that 1.050-1.060 is good for apple ciders, but I know nothing about peach or strawberry. I'm going to be using Nottingham on both of them.

EDIT: The peach is 1.075, the strawberry is 1.072. I guess I'll go with that.

BigKahuna 05-24-2008 04:21 PM

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Robbelberry sidre.......

Evan, you make me jealous some days.

Evan! 06-22-2008 06:39 PM

Well, that redstar Montrachet is crazy stuff. After 3 weeks, they're about finished. Checked the gravity on the strawberry...0.993 down from 1.072. I've never seen my hydrometer sink that low before. 10.5% ABV, baby! Yikes.

the_bird 06-22-2008 06:46 PM

So, you ended up using the Montrachet instead of the Notty?

Did you do anything else besides just pitch yeast? Any other sugars or anything added?

Evan! 06-22-2008 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the_bird (Post 722947)
So, you ended up using the Montrachet instead of the Notty?

Did you do anything else besides just pitch yeast? Any other sugars or anything added?

Yeah, the more I thought about it, the more I really wanted to go with the montrachet because of the way it tends to dry stuff out. I'm not big on sweet ciders, and I've never used Notty on 'em before...just seen other people do it. That, and I only had one packet of Notty left, and, well, you know me...when the spur-of-the-moment urge to brew strikes, and I don't have any starters going, Notty and US-05 are my best friends.

Nah, nothing else, just split the sachet of Montrachet between the two jugs. I was thinking I might need to add sugar until I took the OG readings and saw that they were both in the 1.070's.

I also took a reading on the peach, it's down to 0.995 from 1.075. 10.82% ABV. Good thing I only have a gallon of each, right? They both taste grrrreat though...

the_bird 06-22-2008 08:09 PM

You probably did yourself a huge favor by keeping it simple and not jacking the OG. IIRC, strawberry WINE usually takes a LONG time before it tastes like anything other than paint thinner. I'm thinking about doing a strawberry melomel for someone's wedding next summer, but the plan will be to keep the gravity a bit on the low end both to make sure it's done in time, as well as to make it something you can drink a little bit of (and to keep the cost down ;)).

Evan! 06-22-2008 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by the_bird (Post 723018)
You probably did yourself a huge favor by keeping it simple and not jacking the OG. IIRC, strawberry WINE usually takes a LONG time before it tastes like anything other than paint thinner. I'm thinking about doing a strawberry melomel for someone's wedding next summer, but the plan will be to keep the gravity a bit on the low end both to make sure it's done in time, as well as to make it something you can drink a little bit of (and to keep the cost down ;)).

Yeah, I was only prepared to spike it if it had a disproportionately low OG, but I wasn't expecting 1.075 by any means. That's higher than I'd prefer, actually, but it's fine...

The Blow Leprechaun 06-23-2008 09:39 PM

I, for one, am extremely curious about the peach cider. Does it taste peachy at all?

Evan! 06-23-2008 10:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Blow Leprechaun (Post 724324)
I, for one, am extremely curious about the peach cider. Does it taste peachy at all?

VERY peachy actually. It's some gooooood stuff!

warboss100 06-24-2008 10:50 AM

how much fruit "strawberry and peach" did you add to each batch compared to apple juice/water? im guessing their 1gallon each..

have you tried the strawberry cider yet, is it as good as the peach


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