As I watched my first batch of cider for the year bubble away I realized that I would have issues repeating any delicious cider. Most of this is due to the fact I have to use whatever random varieties of apples that I find that are ripe. The flavors of the different varieties mixed together make for delicious drinking. Just not a consistent flavor. So to do some experimenting I am getting multiple bottles of a local organic cider that has no preservatives in it. This will make for more consistency as I try different amounts of sugar, or honey, or brown sugar, and experiment with different yeasts. And the nice thing is that the cider I am getting is in 1 gallon glass bottles so all I have to do is add the yeast and an air lock.
This first batch will be a simple batch with no added sugars or clarifiers
Hard cider ingredients:
- apple mix: organic unfiltered Cider. (my first time use of pasteurized cider)
- yeast: Champagne
- Original Gravity (OG): 1.058
- Final Gravity (FG): pending
- estimated alcohol amount at FG of 1.0=8.0%
This is the sweetest cider I have seen with no added sugar. Normally I have to add a lot of sugar to get to that high of reading.
I realized as I added the picture that I forgot a zero on the reading……It will still be good. The cider is sweet but has a great flavor. I think I will like this better than the batches that I made last year. Sour apples make for a very sour cider. Which is good for those that like sour apple vodka. I prefer a nice dry smooth cider though.