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Apfelwein #5C

Apfelwein #5C

Apfelwein #5C, aka, should be hooch-tastic but will probably just take forever to ferment. I write this because AW #5C (I don’t know why I settled on the C nomenclature for the sixth gallon on normally 5-gallon batches) is only 1 gallon of apple juice but has an extra 1.5 cups of brown sugar added...
White Grapefruit -- Fermenting

White Grapefruit — Fermenting

Just as Bryce and I wanted to break out of the box by fermenting Hawaii’s Own, so too did we want to break out of the box, and possibly ferment it, when we decided to take on White Grapefruit Juice. Once again, we figured out how much sugar we needed to add to bring it...
Hawaii's Own -- Brewed!

Hawaii’s Own — Brewed!

Bryce and I decided that it was time to take some drastic action. Mainly, I’d picked up 16 carboys from a response to an ad on Craigslist and we wanted to start experimenting. For, we cannot become better brewers until we break out of our comfort zones, no? No matter. We figured out the needed...
AW #3C -- Bottled

AW #3C — Bottled

AW #3C was a first for us. We’d read that brown sugar gives a “cidery” taste to alcohol, so, we figured that we’d increase the sugar content of a cider, a 1 gallon batch, exclusively with brown sugar. AC #3C and AW #3 were taken out and taste tested at the exact same time and...
Raspberry Apfelwein #3

Raspberry Apfelwein #3

Apfelwein #3, we decided, should be a batch of few things. We bottled AW #3C straight, no lactose, just priming sugar. We also bottled one gallon of AW #3 with just priming sugar, no lactose (sweetening sugar, unfermentable by yeast.) The other four gallons we stuck into a bucket. In between, we stuck four packages...
Winter Spice Graff

Winter Spice Graff

The Winter Spice Graff appears to have been a mistake. Graff, by itself, is great. Add raspberries (we added raspberry liqueur) and it tastes incredible, something you’d be willing to buy. Alas, when we added allspice and cinnamon, the Graff took a turn for the worst. No, no, it took no turn. It went from...
Apfelwein #1 Racked on Blackberries

Apfelwein #1 Racked on Blackberries

We had blackberries, frozen, on hand. Apparently, much like the Python’s elderberries, they do not go well. Unlike our raspberry¬†concoctions, the blackberry cider didn’t taste very good. It was always good enough to be drunk, but no more. We argued over who had to drink it. The label’s nice though. Just, we don’t make it...
Apfelwein Batch #1 Racked on Raspberries

Apfelwein Batch #1 Racked on Raspberries

Our raspberry experiments are proving to be wildly succesful. Our first batch of raspberry racked cider, made with a wine yeast none-the-less, is all gone because it just tasted so damn delicious. It also made pretty pictures. We’re working on four gallons, but made with Nottingham Ale Yeast. Raspberries were boiled (12 oz. of raspberries...
Apfelwein #1 Racked on Cinnamon

Apfelwein #1 Racked on Cinnamon

We racked one gallon of AW #1 on top of cinnamon sticks that had been boiled in water. The taste is pleasant, mildly like Christmas. However, it doesn’t appear to heat well. We’ve bottled it still and it’s sitting in a 12-pack in our newly reorganized work room.
Apfelwein Batch #3

Apfelwein Batch #3

October 14 was a cider day. Leo came over with six gallons of apple juice. We got our measurements ready, realized that we didn’t have the needed two pounds of corn sugar and made up the extra six ounces with brown sugar. We boiled the brown and corn sugar and added them to the bucket....
Apfelwein Batch #3C

Apfelwein Batch #3C

We did two things on October 14, 2011. We made a 5-gallon batch of Apfelwein with ale yeast (Nottingham) and we made a 1-gallon batch of Apfelwein with ale yeast in a carboy, exclusively with brown sugar. The 5-gallon batch was mixed with a majority corn sugar and a little brown sugar to finish out...
Digital Thermometer

Digital Thermometer

Leo and I went to two places, before the massive bottling and brewing that is tomorrow. The first place we went, making a dent in our collective wallets, was the brew store. We got all we needed, and then some, for a clone of 8-Ball Stout. It’s one of Leo’s favorites. Unfortunately, we miscalculated the...