Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hard Cider #4: World Cup Victory Cider

To commemorate Germany's victory over Argentina in the World Cup Finals, I decided it was time to make some more cider.
(Ok I lied about the World Cup being inspiration. Chat at work was the real inspiration.)
Apple Juice
It's Cider Time!
I decided to pull out the old Safale US-05 I had in my fridge. Despite it being a year old, I think it'll still do the trick. The starter I made from it appeared active before I pitched it, so I'm hoping for the best.
World Cup Victory Cider
4 gallons Apple Juice
2 lbs White Sugar
2 Scoops of Raisins
Safale US-05
Yeast Jar
Breaking out the old yeast
I adapted my recipe from my double batch last year to use white sugar instead of brown sugar. I omitted a half gallon of juice as the starter I made seemed to fill up the fermenter enough to cover the extra head space.
Sugar Bowl
I buried the raisins in my sugar bowl
I should mention here that I took the time to glue together the cracks in my fermenter. A little wood glue seems to have done the trick and my lid is now airtight again.
Capitalization
Mixing it up
The OG was 1.070, slightly higher than my double batch cider, only because I used 4 gallons instead of 4.5. This should take about 2 weeks to ferment, plus an extra week to clarify. This will be bottled before I move out. Until next time, cheers!
Cider ready for yeast addition
Mixed Juice and sugar, ready for yeast!
Fermenting away in the closet
I finally have something in this closet again.

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