Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cider 2.0 - My assumptions were wrong


So I have to take back at least part of my assumption that this cider wasn't going to clear. It did settle out quite a bit from what it was and even though I forgot to add the pectic enzyme before fermentation it's pretty damn clear from where it was. The last cider aged for two months, this one aged for 1 and it may have continued to clear out if I let it go another month.

I've given my back sweetening regimen in a couple other posts but I'll reiterate here. 2.5tsp potassium sorbate,1 500ml bottle of wine conditioner and 1 gallon cider frozen and the concentrate dripped out. 

Here are some pictures of the sophisticated concentrate extract process.



This is how the cider looked after fermentation but before the pectic enzyme and a month of clarifying.


Here are a couple of photos after the clarification aging.



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So after assuming this cider wouldn't turn out because it didn't clear immediately and because the initial taste test after fermentation was lacking, I have to admit that with back sweetening it's just as good as my last cider. I used the same recipe and it tastes pretty much the same. It's a little darker in color and nowhere near as transparent but those are visual competition issues not worth evaluating for a house cider. The "dryness" still isn't as clean as I expected but after sweetening its no longer distracting.

All in all I'm pretty happy with this cider. Now that I've made a cider from commercial concentrate and a fresh local cider mill I don't see what all the hype is about over fresh cider. I actually like the results better from the commercial cider for both dry and back-sweetened versions. The commercial version was also $1 cheaper per gallon than the local fresh cider. While I 'm willing to pay the extra to support a local business I won't do it if the results are sub-par as they were in this case. I guess what I'm trying to say is don't be a cider snob just because you've read some posts about how superior fresh milled cider is, my experience hasn't proven that to be true


Enjoy some more photos from the process.

Here are the individual parts.


Clarity Pics








The sediment