We are all caught up on labeling the winter selections. Unfortunately we ran short on belsnickel labels. But this just meant we had to sample two before they got lost in the fridge. The results are in: It will be ready by Christmas. a few more days of conditioning to even out the additions and it's ready to go.
4 gallons of Granny Smith (+ a touch of blueberry honey), Initial Gravity: 1.050
1 gallon of Honey Crisp w/ 1.5 gallons Granny Smith, Initial Gravity: 1.050
Both done @ room temperature w/ potassium metabisulfite to kill the wild yeast, then some Wyeast American Ale II yeast added. This is our first cider made with fresh cider, and the first done without reaching pasteurizing temperatures first. We'll know the results in 6-8 weeks.
6 Gallons of Granny Smith Cider and 2 gallons of Honey Crisp cider, fresh from Solebury Orchards by way of Keystone Homebrew are in the fridge. Coming up: GranGa Chuck, Granny Crisp, and WmGa Crisp ciders. Need to get on it while the cider is still fresh, expect fermentation to start saturday.
Happy repeal day. Dec 5th 1933 marks the 78th anniversary of the 21st amendment's repeal of the 18th amendment (prohibition). In honor of the 78th anniversary of repeal, all of our labels are printed for Karma 2, Belsnickel, and Kipuka. They would have been on the bottles already too, but I can't find the scissors. Up next in the celebration program: Kipuka, first taste... as soon as Will gets home from work... stay tuned for the results.