Thoughts on this beginner recipe? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Thoughts on this beginner recipe?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-01-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
irishhill
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
San Jose, CA
Posts: 2


I have never brewed before and recently found this recipe for hard cider and it seemed so easy that I decided to try it, but I am not sure how good it actually is.


"5 gallon water jug
10 cups of cheap sugar
4 gallons of cheap apple juice
1 package of traditional baking yeast

-mix all in water jug, shake hard, cover opening with 2 napkins and secure with rubber band, wait 2 months, then you have 23 liters of 14% hard cider"


After doing some internet research I found different options and ways to change it. Some possible changes:

"a glass container to ferment in and a bung to plug said container
wine/champagne yeast instead of baking yeast
and an airlock"


I live in Northern CA and plan to bury the container in my backyard. It might keep the temperature stable, and the temp has been in the low 70s and I read cider ferments best closest to 60 degrees. My goal is to discreetly make cheap but good cider in the shortest time possible. Thoughts and advice?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2011, 06:29 AM   #2
GroosBrewz
 
GroosBrewz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
West Richland, WA, WA
Posts: 817
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts


that sounds not-so-good.. make this.. Tried and true.. Simple.. Cheap..

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-...felwein-14860/
__________________
Tap 1- JubelAle Clone
Tap 2- Evening Bite Pale Ale
Tap 3- Twilight Clone
Tap 4- Dicks Danger Ale Clone

"Today I felt like burning some calories....So I found a fat kid and set him on fire"

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2011, 06:31 AM   #3
DarkPhyre
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posts: 144
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


discrete?
go away kiddie.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2011, 07:07 AM   #4
bcfzx2
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Laredo, Tx
Posts: 54
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


You might want to do more research on the 5 gal water jug. The plastic has to be a certain type. Best bet is just buy a 5 gal Better Bottle they are cheaper then glass carboys.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2011, 07:26 AM   #5
irishhill
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
San Jose, CA
Posts: 2

Quote:
Originally Posted by GroosBrewz View Post
that sounds not-so-good.. make this.. Tried and true.. Simple.. Cheap..

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-...felwein-14860/
Thanks

Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkPhyre View Post
discrete?
go away kiddie.
Whoa bro, my roommates don't want me stinking up the place


Quote:
Originally Posted by bcfzx2 View Post
You might want to do more research on the 5 gal water jug. The plastic has to be a certain type. Best bet is just buy a 5 gal Better Bottle they are cheaper then glass carboys.
Does this also apply to bottling it? Do I need a certain kind of glass so its not skunked

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2011, 07:50 AM   #6
dinnerstick
 
dinnerstick's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
utrecht, netherlands
Posts: 2,019
Liked 271 Times on 198 Posts


correct me if i'm wrong but the only potential problem with plastics is oxygen permeability, which takes a long time, meaning you are fine to ferment in there but you might not want to leave it for say 6 months to age
you can bury it i a hole if you want, but for the first time i would suggest making a successful cider before fooling around with odd subterranean efforts, unless you are going for the most ridiculous cider 2011/2012 podium, you're a shoe-in for bronze
do you have a kitchen? i would try that first

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2011, 09:02 PM   #7
bcfzx2
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Laredo, Tx
Posts: 54
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Here are so articles on using water jugs. Some claim chemicals could leach from the plastic. IMO Better Bottles are pretty cheap so why risk it.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/pros...r-jugs-142980/

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
beginner stately1967 Cider Forum 2 09-15-2009 09:09 PM
Thoughts on my recipe? MBM30075 Cider Forum 6 09-08-2009 01:21 PM
Thoughts and Observations from a Beginner cordogg Cider Forum 13 03-27-2009 02:50 AM
Beginner neilscider Cider Forum 4 10-12-2008 04:07 PM
First brewing attempt in years and my recipe... thoughts? Windaria Cider Forum 11 10-19-2005 02:59 AM


Forum Jump