Source: Tom Maszerowski (email@example.com)
Issue #833, 2/28/92
I can almost hear the howls of protest now, "what, no boil, no sulfites
to kill wild yeasts", but this has worked for me. One important caveat,
champagne yeasts cause a COMPLETE fermentation of the available sugars
in the cider. My first batch smelled like cider but was the dryest
tasting beverage you could imagine. Hydrometer reading indicated a F.G.
of 1.001. This batch was more like an apple wine than anything else. The
batch using ale yeast was much sweeter, much lower in alcohol content
but not as clear. My advice is experiment, and enjoy the mistakes.
I've made hard cider two years running, both times in the Fall, during
the apple harvest. I used the same method both times and had a fair
amount of success.
Ingredients: (for 3 gallons)
- 3 gallons, preservative-free cider
- 1 package, champagne yeast or Whitbread ale yeast
Place cider in sanitized carboy, add yeast, and fix airlock. It may
take upwards of 7 days to ferment out, depending on yeast chosen. Bottle
with corn sugar as you would with beer, if you want a sparkling cider,
or without for still.