The gravity of the situation

Racked KEL’s  cider to secondary yesterday.  It began at about 1.048, I added 15 points with a lb of sugar (bringing it to about 1.063) and then it fermented down to about 1.004.  This means it should have about 7.5%ABV

But how does it taste, you ask.  Well, it is pretty light tasting, actually.  Our cider connection Joe told me that 1 lb of sugar for 3 gallons is way too much.  It has not hurt it, flavour wise (by which I mean it has not made it taste off) but it may have made it taste lighter, but with more alcohol.

I’m not a cider person, so I will wait for KEL’s judgement on it.  I have to say, though, that I would drink this.  It is pretty mild tasting, and the alcoholic kick is completely absent.

Meanwhile, I also checked the gravity of the barley wine, to see if it’s ready to go.  it has been a week (well, 6 days) and had completely stopped bubbling.  Here, I’ll let you figure it out for yourself.

That's about 1.021

If you scroll back about a week, you’ll see that the original gravity was over 1.100.  I think it was 1.103.  This means that all that yeast did it’s rock ‘n roll duty, and definitely created a buzz buzz buzz.  To those not schooled in lame Canadian cock rock, it means the yeast worked quickly and fermented out.

Do the math.  1.103-1.021=82,  82 X 0.131 = 10.7% ABV.  Wow.

But, how does it taste, you ask.  Well, barleywine will need to mellow over a long time. it is currently a little rough.  I racked it to secondary and will let it sit until just before Christmas.  I’ll rack it then, and come mid-January, we’ll see.  It should be perfect on my birthday in March.



About danmalleck

Medical historian and jack-of-all-trades curmudgeon. I tend to ramble about politics, social incivility, and our self-centred culture more interested in buying the next cool ringtone or LED TV than actively engaging in the sorts of discussions and issues that matter. The more opportunity we have to buy more stuff, the less concern there is, it seems, in politics, social justice and let's face it, basic human decency, unless those things actually can save us money or get us more things to show how awesome we are through displaying our material wealth. And I like to brew beer, make cheese, and put food in jars.
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2 Responses to The gravity of the situation

  1. Ms. Landon says:

    Pictures of the cider! I’m so excider. Hit me with some. Pictures!
    Did you get the stove?

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