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Cider Tapping
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:31:08 PM »
Just tapped my recent cider. I used my LHBS early cider, which they get from a local orchard blended specially for hard cider.  So being the early, it is pretty tart which is a good thing. I fermented it dry ( .998FG)
with WY4766 and didn't fortify with any sugar, which I often don't (the juice had an OG of 1.046).  So the 4766 fermented very clean as usual, @ 63F this time, leaving no yeast character and was extremely tart before backsweetening.  I sweetened and tasted until I had just enough sweetness to be a slight counterpoint to the tartness. Very nice apple aroma and clean apple flavor - kind of like a cross between a Granny Smith and a standard cider. I don't think I've made a better one.
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Re: Cider Tapping
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 02:41:22 PM »
 :)  Sounds great
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Re: Cider Tapping
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 02:56:05 PM »
Just tapped my recent cider. I used my LHBS early cider, which they get from a local orchard blended specially for hard cider.  So being the early, it is pretty tart which is a good thing. I fermented it dry ( .998FG)
with WY4766 and didn't fortify with any sugar, which I often don't (the juice had an OG of 1.046).  So the 4766 fermented very clean as usual, @ 63F this time, leaving no yeast character and was extremely tart before backsweetening.  I sweetened and tasted until I had just enough sweetness to be a slight counterpoint to the tartness. Very nice apple aroma and clean apple flavor - kind of like a cross between a Granny Smith and a standard cider. I don't think I've made a better one.
Sounds great! Mine came out much better than last years as well.
Dan Chisholm