Posts tagged "Cider"
NM AW #1 - Starting

NM AW #1 – Starting

The Fat Grey Tom’s Cider of old, is, alas, dead. I, Wheeler, moved to New Mexico for a job. Bryce also moved away. Leo stayed in Reno. After nearly three years in New Mexico (three years in July) I’ve decided to start brewing again and the easiest place to restart is with a simple cider....
An Experiment in Cider Yeasts

An Experiment in Cider Yeasts

One of our local homebrew stores was having a sale on yeasts a month, or maybe longer, ago. The yeasts were about to go out of date so they were marked down and low and behold, they were not many common yeasts. In fact, they were all White Labs vials, four of them to be...
Apfelwein #5 (AW)

Apfelwein #5 (AW)

Apfelwein #5 was mixed on November 19th. (See the publish date? Regardless of when the article goes live, it’s backdated to the date of the event.) We used cups instead of grams to figure out how to get our sugar levels right. Otherwise, AW #5 is noticeable for a single reason, besides being our fifth...
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...
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...
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 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...
Apfelwein #1 (1/5): Bottled -- Raspberry Liqueur Primer

Apfelwein #1 (1/5): Bottled — Raspberry Liqueur Primer

Our very first cider, according to Ed Wort’s Apfelwein recipe, took awhile. And when we (Bryce, Leo and myself) found ourselves lacking an airlock (the bobber on the one we were supposed to use was missing) it was decided to steal one from one of the four Carlo Rossi carboys downstairs. Besides, we figured, the...
Cider Batch 1: Update

Cider Batch 1: Update

The cider has begun to clear. How cool is that? Look!:   This Cider Batch: Cider: Batch 1 Cider #1 (1/5): Bottled — Raspberry Liqueur Primer Tag: http://brew.wheelerc.org/tag/AW-batch-1/   
Cider: Apfelwein Batch #1

Cider: Apfelwein Batch #1

Cider caught my attention because of the seeming ease. But really, this isn’t what grabbed me. What grabbed me was and is and will remain cliché. European ciders grabbed me. A small brewery in Germany grabbed me with its local ciders and its deposit-required grolsch-tops. All manner of ciders in Eastern Europe, in Western Europe,...