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October Contest: Let’s do something Fall-tastic!
October 22, 2014
This month’s contest is an opportunity for all of us to embrace all of the awesome that is fall (except for raking, that crap is dumb in the face. There, I said it) In all honesty, this is also my opportunity to challenge myself as a home brewer with something I have wanted to do for some time and haven’t had the will or patience to pursue. So enough with the mystery, let’s find out what carrot I will be dangling in front of you all for the end of October:
As part of the August contest, I asked for ingredients and subsequently picked the name myself (Again, congrats to Tim Holland and his Count to Potato Grapefruit Saison….he can explain that moniker). This time we are going to reverse the process. Below is the recipe for my very first Home Brewed Scrumpy style cider. All you need to do is take a look at the ingredients and come up with a name you feel is worthy of the best cider ever made ever. And with that, here is the recipe for this magic apple-y goodness (you are of course welcome and encouraged to try making it on your own):
8 pounds Red Delicious Apples
4 pounds Gala Apples
2 pounds Honey Crisp apples
½ pound raisins
½ pound brown sugar
2 pouches Wyeast 4021 champagne yeast
Run apples and raisins through food processor
Initial Boil: 3 gallons water with chopped fruit/raisins for 45 minutes (longer if needed to extract additional sugars)
Cool solution to 70F and transfer to primary fermenter, and top off to 5 gallons with water of the same temperature. Add brown sugar.
Pitch 1 pouch of yeast
Primary: 8-10 days (ale temperature range)
Secondary: Pitch second puch of yeast for a more dry cider. additional 10-14 days (ale temperature range)
Following secondary, rack into bottles or growlers. Estimated bottle conditioning of 1-2 months (hey, all the best things are worth the wait, right?)
And there you have it folks, my plan for an awesome cider. Will it work? I guess we are going to find out. This is where you come in: get me your name for this delectable concoction on Twitter or using the form on the “About” page of the blog and you might just win bragging rights and two (2) growlers of your newly dubbed cider! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with and to sharing an awesome fall/winter cider with one of you. Cheers everyone!