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GeneDaniels1963

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I concocted a new recipe for another 1 gal batch of graff:

3lb of crab apple juice (slightly cooked)
1 lb Amber DME
8oz 60L Crystal malt steeped
1 1/2 can FAJC
Nottingham yeast

SG was about 1.075, so it will be pretty high ABV. I just bottled. I had cup left over so I tired it. Wow was it good! Still a little green and yeasty tasting, but the balance of tart from crabs with the sweetness of crystal malt was really good. I can't wait until it conditions a month.

In fact, I am going to the brew shop as soon as I have time so I can do 2 more gal.
 

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I concocted a new recipe for another 1 gal batch of graff
I’m anxious to hear how this turns out for you. I’ve made 3 batches of BrandonO’s graf and love it but interested in something new as well.
 

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Over the weekend, I moved around some boxes in my beer area. I thought all the boxes contained empty bottles, but one was actually a case of Graff I made 4 years ago!
Popped one in the fridge, cracked it during the "big game". Man it was good!
 

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Over the weekend, I moved around some boxes in my beer area. I thought all the boxes contained empty bottles, but one was actually a case of Graff I made 4 years ago!
Popped one in the fridge, cracked it during the "big game". Man it was good!
I’m jealous. Just drank my last one til I brew more soon. I wish I had a forgotten case! I’m impressed it was good after 4 years.
 

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For all non-scientific beerology purposes, this is a cider. (I know, I know....but its got hops in it!)

Jay Huff and his apple bee got me started on some experiments and this is what I have come up with.

I noticed Ed's Apfelwein tasted super hoochy until it was about a year old. When it's about a year old tho it does taste like a good cider, but doesn't have the body a good cider does.

So, how can I make something that will taste good faster and also have body?

1. Get rid of the wine yeast and use a clean fermenting beer yeast
2. Get rid of that cheap sugar and use some light DME
3. Balance the tart flavor of young cider by using specialty grains.
4. Later on, I found hops also helped balance the overall flavor. BUT ONLY A TINY BIT, DO NOT USE MORE THAN CALLED FOR

If you like a clean, malty, not too tart easy drinking cider style beverage then this is your drink.

Materials needed for a 5 Gallon Batch

Clean fermenting yeast I have used Nottinham and Safale-05, both are good
.5 lbs of Crystal 60L If you use cheap store brand juice, I reccomend 120L. Cheap juice tends to turn out a tad tart and this will balance it.
1 oz of torrified wheat ( head retention, I've never used more than 2oz)
4 Gallons of apple juice.
1 gallon of water
2 lbs of DME ( I use 1 lb. amber and 1 lb. light DME)
0.5 oz of you favorite hops ( right around 6% AA, I have used 18.5% AA summit hops before and it took a month after kegging for strong bitterness to blend nicely)
WARNING! IF YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE AMOUNT OF HOPS USED, MAKE IT LESS NOT MORE, it's really just too bitter with any more.

Directions for brewing

Steep the 60L and torrified wheat in .75 gallons of water @ 155 degrees for 30 mins.
Sparge with .25 gallons 170 degree water and throw away grains.
Add DME and bring to a boil.
Add hops when boiling starts and boil for 30 mins.

Cool down the wort (if you choose not to cool the wort and just let the AJ do the cooling then your cider won't be as clear). I don't care about clarity so I just let the AJ do the cooling, but if you stick your pot in the freezer and let this get down to 70 degrees or so your cider will clear fairly easy. Pour the wort and apple juice into your carboy and pitch yeast.

Ferment 2 weeks at 64-68 degrees then keg or bottle.

I keg, and this stuff is VERY drinkable as soon as it is carbonated.
SUPERB taste and drinkability after 2-3 weeks of aging.

People bottling, it will have SUPERB taste and drinkability after the standard 3 week bottling period for carbonating.
I made this recipe but I am having a beyond super hard time getting this to clear at all, I have tried cold crashing and time does anyone have any suggestions on what to use next ?? I'm thinking of getting some super clear but I didnt want to strip any flavor from the drink. I am open to any and all ideas and thank you in advance !!
 

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I plan on using a local pressed cider. Does anyone know how that will affect OG? I feel the original recipe doesnt have enough fermentables for a higher OG, but im no pro.
 

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The only effect on your OG is going to be whatever the difference is between your apples and those used in the store juice. There is no way to know that without the cider on hand. It will likely be minimal. There will likely be more effect on the acid and tannin levels, but again we need more info on what is in what you are buying.
 

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I good way to raise the OG is to add one can FAJC per gal. That will bump you about 12 grav points; from 6% to 7.5%. That is what I do with almost all my ciders. Sometimes I even add 2 cans. but that is 9%, and that is more than I prefer in a cider
 

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I am using hand-pressed cider from a local orchard. My question for those of you that have used hand-pressed cider before, is how do I treat the cider before adding it to my wort? I know that there is some natural yeast already in the cider, should use tablets to "clean" the cider before using it? Or leave it as is.

My plan is to use US-05 for pitching.

Thanks, everyone!
 

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Both are possible.

You can kill all the wild yeast by using campden and be sure to have a 100% clean fermentation or you can pitch the US-05 as fast as you can to be sure it will grow faster than wild yeast and take the lead on the fermentation.
For pure cider, a lot of guys here are doing the second way and I personally do so but in your case, with beer worst in it, I really don’t know if you take more risk to have something funky, sour or both. Maybe try both way and let us know 😉
 

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Both are possible.

You can kill all the wild yeast by using campden and be sure to have a 100% clean fermentation or you can pitch the US-05 as fast as you can to be sure it will grow faster than wild yeast and take the lead on the fermentation.
For pure cider, a lot of guys here are doing the second way and I personally do so but in your case, with beer worst in it, I really don’t know if you take more risk to have something funky, sour or both. Maybe try both way and let us know 😉
Thanks! My friend (the local cider maker) often uses campden tablets so we will go with that. We will also be using the fresh-pressed cider a few days after it has been pressed. I will report back on our progress!

Thanks for the help!
 

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long time lurker on this post, since then I have had a keg of this Graff its a must have. I have a question, has anyone brewed with Langer Farms 100% Apple Cider? I started one up a couple weeks ago and it looks the same, it has not cleared one bit. I have not moved it to secondary which I know that will help some. Just curious if anyone has and what was experienced?

Thanks.

Carlos
 
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