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Just Bottled – Hopcinnacidity Hard Cider

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Well, yesterday I bottled a new batch of brew for me…only it wasn’t beer!  It was my first attempt at hard cider.  Well, with a twist.

Let me back this up a bit.  I read an article in Brew Your Own Magazine about making fruit drinks.  I got pretty intrigued by hard cider via apple juice.  IMG_20150822_142150902Only, I had to change things up a bit.  I decided to hop it up a bit.  I added some UK Pilgrim hops right from the get go, as well as 5 cinnamon sticks.  Throw in some yeast nutrient, a little yeast, and let it fly.  7 days in, the fermentation was almost complete, so I tossed in some UK Sovereign hops to add some aroma.  Let it sit for another week and bottled.  Here are the stats for this hard cider brew:

Hopcinnacidity

Brewed 8/22/15

Bottled 9/5/15

OG 1.048

FG 1.002

ABV: 6.1%

 

Some things I learned:

  • I got a great fermentation!  This may be the lowest FG I have had in any of my brews.  If I actually kept notes from the beginning, I would be able to tell.
  • Adding the hops will give the hard cider some character.  I should figure out the best ones to use in the future, not just what do I have here.
  • I decided to use carbonation drops for this batch.  I needed some more, so the trip to the local home brew shop was costly, as I came home with some extra dry malt extract for a future SMASH beer.
  • Next time I need to rack it from the carboy (primary fermenter) to another vessel BEFORE the bottling bucket.  Let’s say there was a bit of hop sediment in there with two ounces of hops in just under 3 gallons of hard cider.
  • I need to use muslin bags for my hops, it would have helped in the clarity of the brew.

I can’t wait to see what it tastes like….

 

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Experimental Brewing – Vital Blue Draft

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A few years ago, I decided to try my first real, experimental brew.  I took a non-carbonated local energy drink, and tried to see what I could do with it.  Realize, I made it on a small scale, using a Mr. Beer kit.  I am not an employee of Vital Energy or Mr. Beer….just a fan.  A few months later, I tried a Tangerine Wheat with the same type process.

Here is my process:

 

 

Music in the video by http://purple-planet.com

Overall, the beer wasn’t that bad!  It was a purple color, and had quite the kick.  I may have a few bottles still bumping around in my beer cellar.

 

What kind of crazy beers have you tried to concoct?

 

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Let The Adventure Begin!

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Cheers! Prohst! Gun bae!

However it may be said, in whatever language, it is good.  It means a beer is about to be tipped.  That is what it is all about here.  The world of homebrewing is big, but we are all about small batches.

We plan to see where this takes me.  We plan to share our successes, our failures, our questions.  We look for your input, your comments, your questions.

Let’s share recipes, stories, pictures, and more.

Oh, and a little housekeeping…..We are not in any way directly affiliated with any store, corporation, or commercial entity.  I may include affiliate links to help cover some costs of the site.

Let’s have some fun.

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