Originally Posted by bpm2000
Finally got around to making this - wort is cooling as we speak.
.5 lbs dark candi sugar
4gal Treetop apple juice
2 lbs sorghum syrup
Will report once drinking.
Sorry for sucking at life and never updating this one everyone.
Here it is after 6 months. That glass was just barely carb'd, but I tend to force most of the carb I want through the tapadraft these days.
First things first, it is definitely not a weak drink! All that extra sugar and fermentables, I guess. I didn't measure gravity or any of that.
It started a little on the warm side, and that with the addition of all the sugars made it pretty gross when it was just finished. Super hot, almost medicinal, just not something I wanted to drink. I bottled three tapadrafts and a couple of 12ozers and left it alone for a while.
month 1 - undrinkable.
month 3 - starting to get better. Apple flavor started coming back on the finish, and the hotness subsiding. The medicinal taste still lingers but is quaffable at this point. Still a little "rough" around the edges.
month 6 - where we stand now. I just had this glass yesterday and was really surprised how much apple flavor there was on the back end. Made me wish I used some nicer juice rather than treetop. I can taste a little sweet/malty? note from either the sorghum or the candi sugar, and it colored up the juice nicely. It's a bit darker than the pic shows with all that sunlight lighting it up. I can't detect the hops at much or at all if I know what I'm talking about (which is highly possible I don't!) but there is a nice bitter/throaty taste component as well. It's pretty nicely balanced right now and tastes like a "beery cider" although neither really much like a cider or beer as well.
When I make this again I might hop it a little more, use better juice, and make sure the fermenting temps are under control.