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Old 06-25-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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About 8 months ago we started 50 gallons of home pressed cider. Of those we did what we normally do and added sugar to bring up the SG of some and left some to just be natural hard cider. However with 15 gallons of it we decided to try some new sugars. three 5 gallon carboys were filled with fresh pressed apple juice then each had its specific addition. One was Brown sugar, one was honey, and one was just plan old cane sugar. Time has gone by, our cider is done and bottled and this is the verdict.


Cane Sugar: Estimated ABV: 11-12%
No different than regular sugar. Amazing taste, mildly fruity definitely could offend some palates. Alcohol almost smells like vodka was added, but not to strong for an average drinker. Probably not for light drinkers or first time cider drinkers. Would make again.

Brown Sugar:Estimated ABV: 9-10%
Very strange taste, not fruity at all, the brown sugar really took over the taste of the cider. We were quite disappointing with this one. Still had enough alcohol to kick you in the pants but the taste just wasnt what we like in cider. Almost smokey, just gave it a really weird taste.

Honey: Estimated ABV: 11-12%
HOLY CRAP, why didnt we try this sooner. Best cider we have ever made. Similar to the sugar but has a much sweeter taste, a lot more smooth going down, but not any more fruity. My fiance couldnt drink the sugar but liked the honey and they are the same abv. Just amazing, gotta savor every last drop of this stuff.

Just thought I would make a little post of our long term experiment. I would definitely recommend people try the addition of honey to their cider.

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You'd like cyser then; apple juice & honey, lots of honey. Think Apple mead, quite tasty.

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You'd like cyser then; apple juice & honey, lots of honey. Think Apple mead, quite tasty.
Sounds good, ill have to look into that
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My first, and only cider was 3 gallons of juice and 2lbs of honey, I carbed in and bottled in Belgian style bottles with champagne corks. The still cider tasted amazing at bottling and it's been in the bottles for about 6 weeks now, I'm really struggling to hang on and try this later.

Two thumbs up for cider with honey.

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Oh yea, and the cider made with the honey was the most clear of the three, it was strange. Not really sure why but that was just how it turned out.

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What does honey end up costing per lb?

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The cost depends on where you buy and what type of honey. Costco and Sames sells huge containers for cheap.

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What type of honey did you use? How much of each sugar did you add to each 5 gallon carboy? How long did it age?

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What type of honey did you use? How much of each sugar did you add to each 5 gallon carboy? How long did it age?
Well, its not really an amount. After we press our apples We purchased a huge thing of organic honey at Costco and add honey until our SG is at 1.090-1.100 (pref 1.10). Depending on the apples and the year sometimes we dont need to add much, sometimes we need to add a lot. I have it written down somewhere but im not sure where of exactly how much we added, it was a fair amount.

We ferment/age the cider until dryness, which takes between 6-8 months (hence the reason that we do so much at once) gotta keep the stock pile up.

Once done we bottle in wine bottles, cork, and let it sit for another week after bottling allowing the corks to settle.
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What does honey end up costing per lb?
I think you can end up getting it for something like $2/lb in bulk.
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