TC#6 – Spiced Applewine

Had a good 500ml of cider left over after bottling the teabag cider so added 250g corn sugar, 1 level tsp wine tannin, 400ml Suma organic concentrated apple juice, approx 2.5 litres Lidl apple juice and 750ml bottled water. And 2 cloves! Shook to aerate and left the yeast to do its thing. I wasn’t going to take a gravity reading, but thought better of it. A surprisingly low 1.062. But then, the wine yeast will ferment out all of the sugar so it will still end up with a pretty high ABV.

21/07/2014 – I can’t believe this thing is still bubbling! Still flying. I was thinking of racking to secondary and adding some oak chips.

27/07/2014 – Still going! Slowed down a lot, but still the odd bubble going through the airlock.

10/08/2014 – Bottled into 750ml swingtop bottles with two carb drops each, apart from a single bottle which has only one carb drop. I ran out! got 5 bottles from the batch. It’s so clear, looks fantastic. You can taste the alcohol, but it’s still pretty dry and sharp. I doubt I will be opening the first bottle of this within the next 6 months. I had it bottled before I remembered that I was going to oak this batch! Ah well, next time.

23/08/2014 – Unrelated to this particular brew, but I was reading recently that the Lalvin 71B yeast is a good strain for absorbing malic acid. Probably a good strain for doing future turbo ciders. Will crack a bottle of this open at Xmas time and warm it with some spices and maybe a little brandy.. Wassail!

24/12/2014 – Cracked open the first bottle of this in order to do some mulled cider. Had a taste beforehand and it’s pretty potent stuff. I’m not sure if I’d be keen on drinking this straight up. The mulled version was really excellent though. I did a bottle of applewine with fresh root ginger, sliced apple, clove, star anise and a splash of brandy. Brought up to temperature then knocked the heat off and left to infuse for 10 minutes. Then brought back up to temperature before serving. Really delicious but nearly knocked me off my feet. 🙂

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