Cranberry Cyser:
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Ingredients for 1/2 Gallon+:
    1/2 gallon Apple Juice
    1.5 pounds Honey
    1 12 ounce can of frozen Cranberry Juice concentrate (no preservatives)
    Yeast

    I find it's easiest to make two batches at once, that way you can split a gallon of apple juice between two one-gallon jugs. Simply add the honey, and shake until dissolved. Then add the cranberry juice and yeast, give the jug another good shake and pop on an airlock.

    I just made two half-gallon batches of this Cranberry Cyser. In the first batch I used D-47, and in the second batch I used EC-1118. These should be done in a month or so and I'll post the results here. I'm fermenting these at ~62 F.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    i think i may have to try this, in a five gallon batch of course. does the cranberry flavor come through well or does it mainly provide a little tartness and color?
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    I let you know when it's finished. This is my first attempt. :D
  • SilerSiler
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    well how did it turn out?
  • C_BC_B
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    Siler said:

    well how did it turn out?


    @Ace_Club This.
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    C_dubbs said:

    Siler said:

    well how did it turn out?


    @Ace_Club This.

    yeah, agreed. need an update. right. now.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    @ace_club emails!!!!
  • ceanntceannt
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    I too want to know how this turned out........ ace? yo! ace!...... ace?........
    @ace_club what the heck?

    ace?........??????
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Fuckers.

    So far, this has turned out like so: Still sitting in the primary fermenters in my basement. :-O
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    oooohhhhh.....that sounds delicious.......
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Seeing as how each batch is 1/2 gallon, maybe I'll just decant it into glasses one night and perform a quick tasting that way.
  • C_BC_B
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    Ace_Club said:

    Seeing as how each batch is 1/2 gallon, maybe I'll just decant it into glasses one night and perform a quick tasting that way.


    And? I'm in the market for a cranberry cider. I might start here if this doesn't suck.
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Hold on. I'll decant a batch in an hour or so.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    your time is halfway up. just letting you know.
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Or so means sometime tonight.

    Asshole. :D
  • C_BC_B
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    your time is halfway up. just letting you know.


    ha!
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Ace_Club said:

    Or so means sometime tonight.

    Asshole. :D



    then you have 4 more hours.
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  • C_BC_B
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    And? It looks nice. How's the taste?
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Sorry for the deletion. This is the EC-1118 version that I tried out tonight. I only poured off this glass-full, and then re-bunged the jug. Hopefully the remaining mead will still be good.

    Anyways, it has a big honey nose to it. Very different than the drier meads I've made in the past. After letting it breathe for 5-10 minutes, it still has quite a bit of sweetness to it, but it's not cloying. Rather, it is somewhat negated by the tartness of the cranberries. Swirling the glass results in some nice legs forming. Overall, this is quite a tasty beverage. I'd be very interested to try this carbonated.

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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    looks like a piss on a hot august day.....usually a good sign
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    That's it? All this nagging and when I post a picture and the results, the only response I get is that it looks like piss?

    Son of a bitch!
  • C_BC_B
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    Nice. I might try this then. I'm not sure I want to let it go for 14 months....
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    C_dubbs said:

    Nice. I might try this then. I'm not sure I want to let it go for 14 months....



    I'm guessing that's not necessary. Unless you're lazy, like me. :D
  • C_BC_B
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    How much did the cranberries come through? Any flavor there? Or just tartness?
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    No, there's still some flavor there. The aftertaste definitely has strong aspects of cranberry juice.
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    I will say, the 14 months probably greatly helped with it being crystal clear. :))
  • ThymThym
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    It's really amazingly clear. Beutiful really.

    Good job.

    So, are you going to carb it up a little or just bottle it still?
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Due to the small batch size, I'm not sure it's worth the effort to carb up a single bottle. I'll have to think about it.
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Maybe I'll make a 3 gallon batch after I try the D-47 version and carb part of that.
  • ThymThym
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    Ace_Club said:

    Maybe I'll make a 3 gallon batch after I try the D-47 version and carb part of that.



    When do you plan on trying the D-47 version?
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    Lakewood said:

    Ace_Club said:

    Maybe I'll make a 3 gallon batch after I try the D-47 version and carb part of that.



    When do you plan on trying the D-47 version?


    Maybe tonight. Don't hold me to that, though.
  • ThymThym
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    Ace_Club said:

    Lakewood said:

    Ace_Club said:

    Maybe I'll make a 3 gallon batch after I try the D-47 version and carb part of that.



    When do you plan on trying the D-47 version?


    Maybe tonight. Don't hold me to that, though.


    I won't hold my breath.
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Lakewood said:

    Ace_Club said:

    Lakewood said:

    Ace_Club said:

    Maybe I'll make a 3 gallon batch after I try the D-47 version and carb part of that.



    When do you plan on trying the D-47 version?


    Maybe tonight. Don't hold me to that, though.


    I won't hold my breath.


    Please do. Hold it until I draw the sample.

    >:)
  • ThymThym
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    ~:>
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  • C_BC_B
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    Lakewood said:

    Ace_Club said:

    Maybe I'll make a 3 gallon batch after I try the D-47 version and carb part of that.



    When do you plan on trying the D-47 version?


    February 2014
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Alright, tried a sample of the D-47 version. It's definitely sweeter, which is no surprise. It still has the big honey nose, but the tartness isn't as pronounced. Between the two, I prefer the EC-1118.
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  • ThymThym
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    Also looks fantastic. Looks a little darker than the other sample.
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    that makes sense, the d-47 gobbled up more of the acid. try using lalvin 71-b, that will munch even more of the acid. even though you said you liked the EC1118 better, i would be willing to bet that that assessment would flip flop given a little carbonation. the bubbles present a sharpness that brings back a false acidity but retains the deliciousness of a more flavorful yeast, like d-47 or 71-b
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    that makes sense, the d-47 gobbled up more of the acid. try using lalvin 71-b, that will munch even more of the acid. even though you said you liked the EC1118 better, i would be willing to bet that that assessment would flip flop given a little carbonation. the bubbles present a sharpness that brings back a false acidity but retains the deliciousness of a more flavorful yeast, like d-47 or 71-b



    I agree that carbonation might add something to the D-47 batch. I may have to try that now to see if it improves it at all. Though I still think the EC-1118 batch is better. I'll have to carbonate some of that as well since it would probably get even better.