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Old 01-11-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale S-05
Yeast Starter: -
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: nutrient & energizer
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.001-1.004
IBU: -
Boiling Time (Minutes): No boil
Color: Dark Amber
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 2 Weeks *70f
Additional Fermentation: Would improve if fermented at lower temp for a longer period.
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 1 Week *70f
Tasting Notes: I find it to be the clone of Samuel Smith\'s Hard Cider with more alc.

EDIT: S-04 YEAST INSTEAD OF S-05 (Nottingham is also an excellent choice and is becoming my new favorite)

Original Applekush Recipe: semi dry 7% alc

Ingredients:
-6 Containers of Langer's Apple Cider (tried them all this is the best!)$5.00/ea
-420 grams of Dextrose. (I use triple beam balance scale to weigh).~$1.25/lb
-660 grams of Turbinado. (1 whole bag of what is in the picture)$6.00/bag
-1 packet Safale S-04 $4.25/pack (Also had good luck with Nottingham, S-05, Wyeast cider, 1118, and Premier Cuvee)
-1 tspn of each Yeast nutrient & Energizer in doses, Day after pitch,five days,ten.~$1.00(if even)
-1/2 tbs Malic acid at bottling time.~$1.00
-pectic enzyme('optional' clarifier)

The Process:
-Dump 4 containers of A.J. into carboy.
-Take the last two containers and dump them out half way.
-Take one half full containers pour A.J. into pot & pour in the terbinado turn the burner on low and stir until the sugar is dissolved and pour into carboy.
-Take the Dextrose Pour that into the last container of A.J. followed by the Yeast. Lid it & give it a shake, let is sit for a few minutes then shake it again then pour into carboy.

There are many ways of going about bottling everyone has there own way. I personally like it semi-dry and very carbonated. What I've found is turbinado is not 100% fermentable leaving behind some sweetness when it's finished. For me it leaves the perfect amount of sweetness behind leaving it what i describe as semi-dry. Using an ale yeast leaves behind more apple flavor for sure imo which helps as well. So imo, all together the taste is superior to less flavorful brews like apfelwine for example.

So for me, 2 weeks in primary, 1 week in secondary, keg after secondary, force carb, and wait a little as long as you can (1day-3months to age) is all i can ever do, then i leave it in the keg till its gone tapping off a gallon at a time into a growler and refrigerating for consumption.

total cost: $37.00 for five gallons=55 bottles @ .67cents/bottle. Compared to the typical price, $9.00 six pack AngryOrchard=~$1.50/bottle.. simply no comparison

Any questions p.m. me ill gladly answer.
Any comments about your attempt at the Original Applekush are very appreciated, Thanks for reading and good luck!!!

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Old 01-11-2014, 04:51 PM   #2
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Images: One week later -- Finished product(after 2 weeks primary, 1 week in secondary, 1 week in keg force carbing)
Flavor:
Finish product holds so much apple flavor you would think i added concentrate, its a major difference if your use to using wine or champagne yeast, because in my opinion they push all the apple flavor out where as the ale yeast leaves behind a significant amount. Also the addition of organic cane sugar gives it that commercial cider taste I'm looking for…
Good luck!!!

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Old 01-24-2014, 04:30 AM   #3
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Tonight i had some of this that was still i didn't intend on it being that way but i left a bottle out and open over night and it went flat i didn't want to waste it so refrigerated it and honestly after trying this, on my next batch I'm not going to carb and would recommend trying it both ways for anyone trying this recipe

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My current nottingham has a great apple taste to it. Angry orchard uses white wine yeasts, but so far I prefer the ale yeasts considerably for taste.

Thanks for sharing pictures.

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My current nottingham has a great apple taste to it. Angry orchard uses white wine yeasts, but so far I prefer the ale yeasts considerably for taste.

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agree 100%
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Bottled a batch of this today best brew yet!! I moved to secondary @ 1.010 and let it settle to 1.004 siphoned into keg with 3/4 cup of priming sugar (dextrose) let is prime then used my new homemade counter pressure filler (only cost me $45 to make) got a couple bottles in the fridge ready to enjoy.
<pint bottles of the left< >750ml bottles on the right> oh i love home brew!

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