We attempted our first batch of hard apple cider, and I actually think it turned out OK.
If you go into this adventure expecting, at the end, a fizzy, very sweet beverage that may not even taste like apples — you will be disappointed if you taste mine. I was slightly disappointed when I tried it at first, but — well, read on.
I followed the recipe I found on the Mother Earth News archive, and kept it fermenting away for 3 weeks. When I opened it, I think I nearly singed my eyebrows off when I took a whiff. Whooooo boy, that was some strong stuff! Tasting it, though, it was rather like a dry white wine. Very, very dry.
Hub’band and I decided to let it go another 2 or 3 weeks, and try it again. Some home brewers say things like, “forget about it for a year”, and that may be all well and good, but I don’t think I can wait that long! We plan to open it up this week, and re-taste. If it hasn’t changed, we’ll just fizz and sweeten it with a little Sprite, I think.
Our next home brew project will be honey mead, and I will keep you posted on that!