Monday, July 16, 2012

The Mild Imperialist and Hard Cider

Just a quick brewing update:

Just bottled an All Grain kit from Northern Brewer, the 'Surly Bender,' the recipe is here. O.G. Was 1.057, F.G. 1.010, using the British Ale II Wyeast. Brewed mid-May, bottled yesterday, so about two months in the primary.

Planning on doing two batches, upcoming: an American Pie beer (Nut brown w/cider and cinnamon) and, perhaps, an Apple Cider with Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar?

My plan right now with the cider is to brew a 5 gallon batch, then at bottling do three variants: one with no added sugar, one with Splenda(brown sugar splenda?) and a third with Erythritol or Xylitol or some other non-fermentable sugar. Anna (and I) tend to like the sweeter ciders, and it's hard to get that without killing the yeast.

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