"Brewed" my "first" cider tonight! - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > "Brewed" my "first" cider tonight!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-19-2007, 04:23 AM   #1
TheFlyingBeer
 
TheFlyingBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Catonsville, MD
Posts: 409
Liked 19 Times on 16 Posts



Well a few things to start out with, there was obviously no brewing involved and this wasn't technically my first batch. After spending half a year living and brewing in Australia I am finally back home and just started brewing again thanks to a little purchase from craigslist. While in AU I made a couple of cider batches but they were from an extract so tonight I made my first real cider batch.

Pretty simple ingredient list:
  • 5 gallons of homemade pressed apple cider (made once a year at our neighbors orchard from a different mix of apples each time)
  • Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen yeast pack
  • cup and a half of brown sugar
Here is a picture of the half gallons of apple cider and my brew buddy for the night, Murphy.



Once I thawed all the cider out I simply added it and the brown sugar into my glass carboy and then pitched the yeast. Here is a picture of the full fermenter.


I'm hopping I will have the time to go make more of the cider this fall so I can experiment with other recipes. I plan to let this sit in the fermenter for a good while then keg it and serve it on tap, posting any updates in this thread. All I can say is that if the finished product tastes anything like the plain cider itself, it is going to be hard to keep this drink on tap long.
__________________

Primaries: Air
Secondaries: Lakefront India Brown Ale

On Tap 1: Rootbeer, On Tap 2: NB White ouse Honey Ale, On Tap 3: Nitrogen, On Tap 4: Air, On Tap 5: Air
On Deck: DIPA, Imp Stout, Porter, Wheat, Black IPA

"No sense having empty carboys around when full ones take up just as much space. " - Me


 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2007, 04:53 PM   #2
zoebisch01
 
zoebisch01's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
Central PA
Posts: 5,182
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts


good deal, keep us posted!
__________________
Event Horizon ~ A tribute to the miracle of fermentation.

Brew what you like. Do this, and you will find your inner brewer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2007, 05:58 PM   #3
98EXL
 
98EXL's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Maryland
Posts: 3,138
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts


wow that looks good man

Edit: Nice pup, I have two of those sitting next to me at work right now
__________________
I'm back!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2007, 07:14 PM   #4
TheFlyingBeer
 
TheFlyingBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Catonsville, MD
Posts: 409
Liked 19 Times on 16 Posts


Took a while for the yeast to kick it into gear, most likely due to the colder temperatures of the thawed cider. But this morning the fermenter was going strong bubbling away like mad.

Oh and Murphy is one of the most curious dog's I've seen... he just had to get in on the brewing activities.
__________________

Primaries: Air
Secondaries: Lakefront India Brown Ale

On Tap 1: Rootbeer, On Tap 2: NB White ouse Honey Ale, On Tap 3: Nitrogen, On Tap 4: Air, On Tap 5: Air
On Deck: DIPA, Imp Stout, Porter, Wheat, Black IPA

"No sense having empty carboys around when full ones take up just as much space. " - Me

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2007, 07:15 PM   #5
98EXL
 
98EXL's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Maryland
Posts: 3,138
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts


[ot]Does he have separation anxiety like my bosses dogs? Apparently it has to do with the breed[/ot]
__________________
I'm back!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2007, 08:02 PM   #6
TheFlyingBeer
 
TheFlyingBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Catonsville, MD
Posts: 409
Liked 19 Times on 16 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by 98EXL
[ot]Does he have separation anxiety like my bosses dogs? Apparently it has to do with the breed[/ot]
Must be with with the breed because he gets a little nippy if you come home from work then leave right again and he likes to make his rounds of the house at night to make sure everyone is still there. There are a few mixed up wires in his head (chases shadow, lights and moths) but overall he's an excellent dog.
__________________

Primaries: Air
Secondaries: Lakefront India Brown Ale

On Tap 1: Rootbeer, On Tap 2: NB White ouse Honey Ale, On Tap 3: Nitrogen, On Tap 4: Air, On Tap 5: Air
On Deck: DIPA, Imp Stout, Porter, Wheat, Black IPA

"No sense having empty carboys around when full ones take up just as much space. " - Me

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2007, 08:15 PM   #7
billpa
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
billpa's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Downingtown, PA
Posts: 150

I have two of the same doggies (sisters) and they are high strung as well. Great dogs though! Is that a 6.5g fermenter cuz the level looks a little low for 5g. I really need to get out to my local orchard and buy some cider to fill up some of these empty carboys!
__________________
Next up: Honey Brown Ale, Raspberry Blonde Ale, Oatmeal Stout
Primary: Strawberry Melomel
Secondary:
Conditioning:
Drinking: Apfelwein, ESB, Cream Ale, Mocktoberfest Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2007, 09:01 PM   #8
TheFlyingBeer
 
TheFlyingBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Catonsville, MD
Posts: 409
Liked 19 Times on 16 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by billpa
Is that a 6.5g fermenter cuz the level looks a little low for 5g.
Yessum, 6.5 gallon. Each fall we basically fill up our upright chest freezer with this cider then take a jug out whenever it's needed. During the summer just thaw the cider a bit then give it a good shake and you have the best apple cider slushies ever. Our supply is running a bit low now and the 5 gallons took a small dent in it so I will have to wait until the next batches for any other brews.
__________________

Primaries: Air
Secondaries: Lakefront India Brown Ale

On Tap 1: Rootbeer, On Tap 2: NB White ouse Honey Ale, On Tap 3: Nitrogen, On Tap 4: Air, On Tap 5: Air
On Deck: DIPA, Imp Stout, Porter, Wheat, Black IPA

"No sense having empty carboys around when full ones take up just as much space. " - Me

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2007, 11:52 AM   #9
zoebisch01
 
zoebisch01's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
Central PA
Posts: 5,182
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by billpa
I really need to get out to my local orchard and buy some cider to fill up some of these empty carboys!
In another month or so, you should really head to Lancaster and poke your head around Amish country for orchards and a press. If you were closer to me, I'd direct you to the local orchards and cider press.
__________________
Event Horizon ~ A tribute to the miracle of fermentation.

Brew what you like. Do this, and you will find your inner brewer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2007, 12:04 PM   #10
billpa
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
billpa's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Downingtown, PA
Posts: 150

Quote:
Originally Posted by zoebisch01
In another month or so, you should really head to Lancaster and poke your head around Amish country for orchards and a press. If you were closer to me, I'd direct you to the local orchards and cider press.
I work in Ephrata so I can definitely do that. Have any suggestions for local places in Lancaster?
__________________
Next up: Honey Brown Ale, Raspberry Blonde Ale, Oatmeal Stout
Primary: Strawberry Melomel
Secondary:
Conditioning:
Drinking: Apfelwein, ESB, Cream Ale, Mocktoberfest Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"American" or "Imperial" Oatmeal Stout Recipe: Critiques please! cladinshadows Recipes/Ingredients 5 11-23-2015 11:14 PM
"The Shield" viewers - have you seen "Sons of Anarchy?" Laurel General Chit Chat 2 09-10-2008 07:41 PM
A Good "Lagering" Temp for my "HefeLagerAle"? Evan! General Techniques 0 10-26-2006 08:25 PM


Forum Jump