OG of 1.169 for the 1 gal boil or of the 18 liters? That is a massive OG, 4 gal of cider should be around 1.050-1.070 or something. if DME contributes 43 pts/lb/gal, the 1 gal boil would have a gravity of around 1.086 correct? So combing 4 gal of 1.060 with one gal of 1.086 would result with something in between those correct? still learning so please correct me if Im wrong. Was the reading from hydrometer or refractometer?
From my Hydrometer...ok, so did everyone else just 'know' to add an extra litre to start the boil?
Ok, what did I do wrong? I followed the recipe as it was posted at the beginning of the thread. For juice I used cider from a local farm. I fermented for a couple of weeks and then kegged it. It been in fridge under Co2 for about a week now. I realize I might need to be a little patient but I must say it looks terrible and is currently undrinkable. Do you think my problem is that I used cider rather than juice from the grocery store? It just looks like poo in a glass! And it tastes just awful. Sort of a mix between a bad beer and apple juice.
I wont dump it for at least a month or so but was wondering if I should start another batch using normal juice. Any thoughts?
My guess is that the aj did not ferment and you ended up with aj flavored beer. Take a gravity reading and see if it is down below 1.01 at least.
I haven't tried the OP's graff recipe yet but did do up a batch of "Gunslingers Graff" from the brewing TV episode. It turned out pretty good although a bit "sour" for my taste, almost like a Lambic. Looking forward to trying another graff in the near future