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Old 09-02-2008, 10:14 PM   #1
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My wife doesn't drink beer, so I cannot really share this hobby too much with her and it is entirely one sided. I'm thinking if I can make something she likes, then I might get a pass on future purchases...you follow me here?

Ok, so I figured a nice Apple Cider that is tart and a bit sweet would do just the trick. I read up on back sweetening with lactose and all and I pieced together this recipe.

5 Gal of Treetop Apple Juice (or a local brand w/ some Georgia apples)
1 lb Dark Brown Sugar
2-3 cinnamon sticks into the fermenter
Notty yeast

When it is time to bottle:
1 can frozen AJ concentrate - for carbing
1 lb Lactose for back sweetening

What do you think? This is my first cider, so I'm completely clueless here.


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Old 09-03-2008, 03:00 PM   #2
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This will work.

If you will read Ed Wort's "Man, I love Apfelwein." thread in the Wine Forum here, you will see many similar variations.

As I continue to read these threads, and study the home brewing and wine making processes, little lights in my head come on every once in a while.

As I see it, the evolution of wine making from traditional methods to kit processes has spilled over into ciders, to the benefit of everyone.

By simply taking bottled 100% juice and fermenting it as wine or beer, wonderful creations emerge without the need for a middle man to pack up a printed box of ingredients, with a 'step-by-step' to go with it.

You might just end up deciding that this 'girly' drink is man enough for you, too!

Press on with your mutation, and don't forget to provide updates and final result feedback!

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Old 09-03-2008, 03:31 PM   #3
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I would only put the cinnamon sticks in a secondary after racking, or nothing at all. And 3 might kill it with flavor, 1 or 2 at the most in my opinion.
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Old 09-03-2008, 09:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input.

I'll cut back on the cinnamon so as not to overpower it.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:30 PM   #5
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I just bottled this and man is it amazing. I got a little over 9% ABV and it definitely sneaks up on you. It's a hit with the wife as well, which means I'll need to keep a batch on hand all the time...darn.

The weather here is beautiful fall weather; cool, crisp and slightly breezy. A perfect day to bottle and sample this.
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How much Cinnamon did you end up using?
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2 sticks. I can tell it's there, but I might try 2 1/2 to 3 on the next go round to see what that does.
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Did you use lactose to back sweeten it?
Is it an odd texture?
Is it still quite dry or is it sweeter like a Woodchucks?
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sounds awesome, and thanks for the update.

But im wondering, if edworts recipe uses 2lbs sugar, and is supposed to be at about 8.5%, how did you get to 9% with 1 lb?
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But im wondering, if edworts recipe uses 2lbs sugar, and is supposed to be at about 8.5%, how did you get to 9% with 1 lb?
Also wondering the same...?


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