Never added Bourbon to this but do add Oak Cubes to secondary. After kegging and carbing have added a shot of Fireball whiskey to the glass after poured (My spin on a Johnny Jump Up) and in My Humble Opinion is pretty good.
I have used basically this exact recipe as posted by the OP about a dozen times.(5 Gallon Batches).
Couple of notes and things to consider
- You can adjust the OG prior to pitching yeast and use FAJC to do so cutting back on the brown sugar. (I target 1.060 +- a bit)
- Last batch 1.058 OG was 10 days primary @ 66 to 68 Deg F using SO4 Yeast and a TBSP of Nutrient (DAP / Fermaid K mix 2 to 1)
- Racked to secondary
- Steeped a Black Tea bag in 2 C water for 5 minutes with 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 cloves and 1 oz Med Toast Oak Cubes Added it all to secondary.
- Racked from spices after 8 Days.
- Clarified by Cold crashing for 2 days Racked and kegged.
- Drinkable at kegging and great after a number of months if you prefer to age it.
I use this recipe as my go-to for a quick and easy hard cider. - Really an "entry level" hard cider to get your techniques and recipe fine tuned, It goes just off dry and a good base for experimenting with. Fruit addition works great with this one. (Leave the cloves out but keep everything else the same when adding fruit)
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