Monday, February 26, 2007

Home Brewing Starts

I finally took the dive and started home brewing. I decided to start with a cider. This is due to the fact that cider is easier to brew than beer (no boiling, very few ingredients) and I feel that I should brew something unique.

A quick work about unique. As I understand it, this is a hotly debated topic in the home brew world. There are many people out there who are working to create perfect clones of existing beers, and then there are people like me who say that if I wanted a Dog Fish Head 90 minute IPA, I would buy one.

So I am brewing a cider. This will not taste like Woodchuck, Hornsby, or pretty much anything else that you can buy at your local grocery store. These are really more like alcopops rather than a true cider. They are way to sweet and rather low on the alcohol. You can't brew anything like this, you have to fake it with malt liquor. What I am brewing will be very dry and have a slightly higher alcohol content. Here is the recipe/note from my efforts:

2 Gallons Target Apple Juice (Their Market Pantry brand)
2 Gallons Santa Cruz Organic Apple Juice
1 Gallon Organic Juice from Sunflower

The following were used to bloom the yeast by mixing with some of the apple juice blend and heating it to around 90 degrees.
2 Tablespoons Honey
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Package Safale US56 Dry Ale Yeast

OG 1.050 (Taken 15 hours after pitching yeast, but before active fermentation)

Active fermentation was noticeable after 20 hours. Monitored the temps in the 60-70 degree range.

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