The Small Ciderhouse - Blackberry Cider

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cider is by far the easiest brew you can do. It is generally pre-pasteurized and ready for yeast so there is no need to boil, just toss it in the carboy and let her rip. Apfelwein was most likely re-popularized to the American community by a user over at homebrewtalk way back in 2006 and it has continued to spread its love ever since. Neither I nor my beer-avoid friends were spared the addiction to this wondrous brew once I made my first batch. It is by far the easiest thing I have made, however, I have my own version that has become quite popular around here that I would love to share with you to inspire a generation of first time brewers and cider lovers. Find out what you will need to start your very own small ciderhouse and create my all-time favorite cider, Blackberry Cider, after the jump.

allgrains.blogspot.com - Blackberry Cider -  Find out what you will need to start your very own small ciderhouse and create my all-time favorite cider, Blackberry Apfelwein, after the jump.

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This can be done on any scale but I usually make about 2 gallons at a time in a 3 gallon carboy. My recipe is simple and is listed below, along with the equipment I recommend using.

Ingredients
2 gallons Apple Cider (fresh is idea, no preservatives is necessary)
2 pounds Blackberries
Safale-05

Materials
3 gallon Carboy with 1 Drilled Stopper and 1 Air-lock
1 Auto-siphon, bottling wand and 6 feet Tubing
(you can skip the auto-siphon and wand to save money but you will regret not buying them right away, trust me)
12, 22 oz Bottles, Caps & Capper
Sanitizer
Extra 2 gallon container (pot, bucket, anything that you can sanitize)

Procedure
Sanitize the 3 gallon carboy, rinse and pour in the apple cider and shake for a while. Add the (previously frozen) blackberries and yeast. Seal with air lock and let sit for a month, covered, in a dark room at about 62-68 F. Rack into a bucket, add priming sugar (calculate using this tool) and cap. I like to store my cider in 22 ounce bottles and share the outcome with a friend. It is tart, highly carbonated and mildly sweet.

If you liked this then you should check out the Beer Brewer's Starter Kit in this post to get you on your way to becoming a full fledged homebrewer.

Happy fermenting-




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