Originally Posted by SilverZero
How was the taste on the Kirkland AJ? How's the overall sweetness? Hop aroma? Bitterness balance? What was the AA% on your Centennial, and how much did you use? 5 gallon batch? How much are you carbing? OG/FG? Okay, that's all I can think of for now.
Yes was a 5 gal batch, The Kirkland AJ was good (100% juice, no Vit. C or anything else). The graf tatstes nice and appley already with a beautiful color. still a tad tart but after the first couple sips that wore off, I'd imagine that will age out, but most cider has a slight tartness. OG was 1.062, FG was 1.010 the level of sweetness is perfect in my opinion. Can't even tell it has the 6.8% abv. I do prefer some sweetness vs a dry cider at a FG of 1.000 like some others have been reaching, so I was happy to see that steady FG at 1.010.
I could barely pick up some citrusy aroma from the centennial (1/2 oz @ 8.7% AA), the cider was extremely balanced for being so young (3 weeks of fermentation). Id bet an inexperienced beer drinker wouldn't know there was hops in there, I love hops so might use a higher AA% or more next time. Hard to perceive the bitterness with the tartness currently present.
Used just the regular 5 oz dextrose as I use for a typical beer to prime.
Id prefer my warm flat sample to most of the commerical ciders Ive had, I'll definitely make this at least once or twice a year!