So, here are the recipes and my rather minimal log notes.
|2014 Batch. And I am still mourning this glass.|
Light Cherry Cider
3 gallons Treetop Apple Cider
1 gallon Pomegranate Cherry Juice
5 pounds honey
3-4 vanilla beans
Heat honey, mix with gallon of juice, hydrate yeast in ½ jug of cherry juice, and pour everything into 5 gallon carboy.
9-12-12; OG is 1.082 giving me a finished ABV of around 8-9%.
9-15-12; SG is 1.060
9-19-12; SG is 1.040—mulled a bit for hot cider for the family…twas good.
9-23-12: SG is 1.028—put in fridge for cold crashing.
12-27-12: SG is slightly less—didn’t actually check. 27, 12oz bottles done, plus a ½ gallon growler. There’s some left in the carboy, as well.
I really cannot remember what this exactly tasted like--it was definitely good, and I recall I preferred it to the batch last year for a reason I will touch on.
Light Cherry Cyser (2014 batch)
3 gallons apple cider (treetop)
½ gallon Cherry juice blend
1 quart Open Nature Black cherry Juice
½ gallon honey
Belgian-Canadian Ale yeast (cultured from an Unibroue Belgian Ale)
Heated honey to melt, mixed everything together. Calculated OG 1.092, which is just about right.
10-5-14; SG 1.052. Added 1 tsp more nutrients, (I think that makes 2-3 total). Added 3 vanilla beans, cut into 1 inch chunks.
10-12-14; SG 1.014. Put in fridge to cold crash.
11-26-14; Mild infection. A thin white pellicle on top. Flavour is not too bad, but still needs backsweetening. Pasteurized.
I had noticed the infection some time before, but decided to leave it in the interest of adding complexity.
11-30-14; Added 2.5 cups of honey and bottled. 2 growlers and 30 crown caps.
I ended up with some decidedly odd (not bad!) flavours--I felt there was too much black cherry flavour, and I believe the yeast fermented way too hot, resulting in bubble gum, which I personally do not like. However, over the months the bubble gum has receded, leaving a cherry mead which tastes extremely juicy, and has been extremely popular.
Just goes to show--because something became infected, doesn't mean it will be bad.
|Terrible Cell phone photo, but you might be able to see the white pellicle forming.|
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