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Oaked cider, anyone?
« on: November 26, 2013, 11:20:49 AM »
Hey all, just wondering if anyone has experience with oak aging cider. I'm on my 4th batch which I plan to fine with gelatin and age on oak. I'm thinking a light French oak spiral would work nicely. Assuming the cider dries out well I think it would resemble a sparkling white wine. Is this a good idea or should I skip it all together?
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Re: Oaked cider, anyone?
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2013, 11:30:00 AM »
sounds like a good idea to try at least.
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Re: Oaked cider, anyone?
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2013, 11:30:33 AM »
I oaked a cider a couple years ago with some medium toast French oak chips. It was fantastic. Best cider ever.

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Re: Oaked cider, anyone?
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2013, 11:31:20 AM »
You could insure it resembled sparkling wine by adding sugar and or yeast back to the
cider at bottling time. Just be sure to use heavy (champagne) style bottles.  As for the
Oak ageing, try it and report back to us....what the heck....especially if you like the flavors
that oak brings to the flagon.  Methinks back in the day this was NOT unheard of....
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Re: Oaked cider, anyone?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2013, 11:56:40 AM »
I think the 1-spiral will be very strong b/c cider has a more delicate flavor than the typical homebrewed beers.    You could do a 1/2 spiral and add the second 1/2 after tasting if you want more oak.  Personally, I'm not big on lots of oak.
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Re: Oaked cider, anyone?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2013, 03:49:10 PM »
McClure's Orchard in Peru, IN does make an oaked aged cider. It is very nice. Go for it.
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Re: Oaked cider, anyone?
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2013, 01:07:27 AM »
I've had a couple of good oaked ciders, but never made one.  My neighbor made one with American oak he soaked in bourbon - it was excellent.  i think it's a great idea. :)

I would recommend tasting it frequently though, so it doesn't end up over oaked.
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Re: Oaked cider, anyone?
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2013, 07:48:04 AM »


I would recommend tasting it frequently though, so it doesn't end up over oaked.

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Re: Oaked cider, anyone?
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2013, 10:17:07 AM »
Sounds good. Thanks for the ideas. Anyone have experience using Biofine with beer, wine or cider? I work at a brewery and we have a little extra laying around from one of our contract brews. I'd like to use it if it will give me a bright cider.
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