Originally Posted by urbanmyth
I plan on making a 1-2 gallon batch of this tomorrow afternoon, fermenting in a growler and then transferring to some swing-top juice bottles I picked up at World Market. Would anything detrimental happen if'n I pitch the whole yeast packet into a smaller batch like that?
That would be considered overpitching, and will probably just mean you'll have more yeast in your finished product than you probably want. Stick those bottles in the fridge for a few days though and pour gently and I imagine it will be just fine in the glass.
Also, I just finished this recipe (1 1/2 lb honey instead of brown sugar, + yeast nutrients) and figured I'd let people know how it turned out. I did 4 gallons with a packet of rehydrated US-05, fermented at 60. OG was roughly 1.06 and I pulled the plug and bottled after 4 days when it was at about 1.02 (5% abv). Not really sure why but I actually added a half cup of table sugar as well at bottling time, not that any priming was necessary. As I was bottling I ended up with a half a bottle at the end, plus I broke the top off one when capping, so I drank about 1 1/2 of these right then and there. Tasted great and actually had a little carbonation already at that point. Got a nice buzz from them as well
Much more so than you would expect given the ABV.
I bottled at about 4 PM in 75 F temps, let sit and cracked one open roughly 6 hours later, and had the bottle fizz up a lot and nearly overflow but not quite. The cider itself didn't seem super carbonated but was adequately carbed, so I'm not sure what the mechanics of this was. Either way I went ahead and pasteurized of course. Pasteurization on the stove-top following the sticky was a breeze. Afterwards there is what appears to be dead yeast floating at the top of the bottle. Today that has settled to the bottom and the cider has begun to clear further. Definitely recommend and had fun with this recipe. Find some quality cider to start with though. With such an incomplete fermentation this is obviously going to be most important for determining the final qualities of the cider. Cheers!