Pineapple cider..... Wine?

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

BIGCUNN60

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2012
Messages
85
Reaction score
2
2 gallons Motts natural fresh pressed 100% apple juice
2 1/2 gallons pineapple juice
4 lbs corn sugar
2 lbs dark brown sugar
OG 1.100
Wyeast 4766 cider

So this is what I have going in 6.5 gallon bucket. By day 2-3 airlock was bubbling like crazy with some wonderful fruity smells coming through the vodka. Today is day 9 and still bubbling consistently every 2 secs but the smell Is a little more yeasty???? Kind of like the smell of the spud made in prison but with notes of pineapple. What should I do with this experiment?
 
OP
B

BIGCUNN60

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2012
Messages
85
Reaction score
2
Haven't taken a gravity reading yet but it is smelling worse!
 

icanbenchurcat

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 6, 2012
Messages
162
Reaction score
8
Location
Marietta
All of my strong abv brews have tasted yeasty. If you wait 5 months or so, the taste will be better
 
OP
B

BIGCUNN60

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2012
Messages
85
Reaction score
2
Okay, I racked this into a 5 gallon glass carboy. I took a gravity reading of 1.000. This gives me just over 13% ABV if I did the math correctly? OG was 1.100. It is very cloudy. I also tasted it and WOW! It really packs a punch! It tastes like liquid heart burn! I'm hoping with time it will become a much smoother and enjoyable drink.
 
OP
B

BIGCUNN60

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2012
Messages
85
Reaction score
2
Okay so here's an update, after 2 months I just took a gravity reading of .990 I tasted and WOW! Lots of burn! I just added a packet of red star Montrachet wine yeast and the airlock started bubbling within seconds. Tell me what you think!
 

brewingmeister

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2009
Messages
1,967
Reaction score
343
Location
middle of nowhere
I'm curious as to why you added yeast with a gravity of .990. Seems like it would be time for aging/clearing, doubtful the gravity will drop any more.
 
OP
B

BIGCUNN60

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2012
Messages
85
Reaction score
2
I've worked in one for nearly 10 years now. I've found many gallons of it.
 

Guthrie

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2012
Messages
100
Reaction score
0
Location
Kitchener
I made something very similar, except I only added about a pound of dextrose. The OG was 1.055. It fermented down to 1.000 in about four days so I racked it, left it for two months and just bottled it last night. Tasted delicious, but was still very cloudy.
 

TManiac

Member
Joined
Oct 20, 2010
Messages
14
Reaction score
0
Location
Canada
Pineapple is a pretty extreme fruit when fermented since its very acidic.

I made a cider that was maybe 1/3 pineapple with the rest apple, and it was harsh for a long time and I considered it a failure.

I actually have had another batch sitting in secondary for months now and just bottled it. It tastes OK... but its nearly 6 months since I started it now.

With pure pineapple, you're going to have to age it like crazy IMHO.
 

nedvalton

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2012
Messages
410
Reaction score
56
Location
birmingham
I made a pure pineapple and it is superb. Def get the tropical fruit in the nose and palate. Its over a year old now nut has been good for some time.
 

rtbx15

Member
Joined
Feb 14, 2012
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Location
Aptos
BigCunn,
I also work in a Correctional Facility and our hobby does smell alot like the inmate's pruno although our finished product is a LOT classier. Funny thing, I could never really smell it out good at work like some of the guys, but after starting the home brew hobby, I have a really sensitive nose for it now.
 

Locus415

Active Member
Joined
Jun 19, 2011
Messages
34
Reaction score
1
Location
San francisco
Cracked open my first batch of straight 100% pineapple juice and EC-1118 yeast. It sat in primary for over a month, secondary for 2 months and then a third racking for another month before bottling. Bottle primed with table sugar and let them sit for another 4 months.

Came out bright, iridescent yellow, huge fresh pineapple aroma, clean and just what you think a pineapple cider should taste like. Has a bit of acidity and is very thin on mouthfeel; but all and all, a refreshing albeit different tasting beverage.
 
Top