just got really excited due to the arrival of my onederbrew and the supplies from Midwestsupplies.
Been looking for simple fast cider recipes for SWMBO and found this one(post #1) - awesomely simple!
Had to modify it a bit due to shortage of juice, but here's the modified recipe-I was winging it so we'll see how it turns out:
2 gallons Treetop brand Apple Cider
1/2 lb(eyeballed it byt cutting the bag in half) light brown sugar -Dixie brand
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon(no stix on hand)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract - just 'cause she digs vanilla
Wyeast 4766 Cider yeast smackpack
Pear "slop" made from 3 egyptian pears diced, and simmered with 2-3 cups of water, then mashed through a SS Mesh strainer into the fermenter - it left about 2 Cups of pulp behind.
I simmered the sugar in a couple cups of water with the cinnamon and vanilla, then dumped that over the Pear slop, and let it cool a but
added one gallon of the cider and whipped the hell out of it to get it aerated and foamy, then added and whipped the second gallon of cider
then pitched the smackpack which i had just brought to room temp and then smacked and let sit for about 20 minutes(I know I know - I ought to have waited, but whaddya want?-I'm impatient, excited, and it was already 2130 on a 'school night')
Whipped it all again for a good minute or so, and assembled the onederbrew.
Note to self- when using a hand pump on a valve-ensure valves are OPEN if you want any sort of suction to occur in the vessel...idjit!
so, we'll see how it turns out.
I couldn't check gravity-the shiney new hydrometer I ordered from Midwest came shattered and covered in Priming sugar and speciality grains that had both been destroyed in shipping...to say I was 'irritated' is like saying King Kong was just going for a stroll through New York, doing a little sightseeing...not the fault of Midwest...although I have requested a few minor changes to future shipment packing methods to prevent similar issues.
Keep yer fingies crossed for me!