Originally Posted by JoeSponge
I've never done any of the flavored ciders, being nubish myself and just playing w/ plain juice and sugar.
I've got two 7 gal lots of mead on the go right now, but I recently obtained a 3gal carbuoy so I decided to try out a cider idea i've had banging around. Its noobish, as well, as it's my first beer-strength beverage.
I mixed up 3 gallons of the local unpasturized, unfiltered apple cider (darker than dirt) and enough demerara sugar (molasses sugar) to bring the SG up to around 1.050. I pitched some Cooper's beer yeast, as I read good stuff about it in the context of beer.
Like I said, it's a simple mix, but I've got some high hopes. Final plan is to bottle it in beer bottles when it's done, priming with a bit of corn sugar to carb in bottle.
I love experimenting with new stuff, but occasionally I like to go back to the well and just try something old with care and quality ingredients and the "wisdom"
afforded me by my experiences since the last time I made something simple.