Monday, December 10, 2012

Winter Libations

Music Man is a homebrewer of beer.  He's done some fun concoctions, all of them highly drinkable and unique.  Unfortunately, I don't like beer, never have, never will.  I just don't prefer the bitter of it.  I do, however, covet a lovely hard cider.  Mostly my brew of choice is Woodchuck Hard Cider out of Vermont.  But, watching my dear hubster brew the last batch of the malted splendor got me to thinking I wanted to make my OWN cider.  Then, my fellow blogger Jenna, over at Cold Antler Farm had a recipe on her site for making some.  It looked so easy, I just had to give it a go.
I followed her recipe, which was as simple as this.  Take unpasteurized cider and add honey and champagne yeast.  Let sit in a brewer's bucket (or big ol' glass jug in our case) and let sit for a few weeks until the bubbling stops.  Then bottle, leaving the sediment in the bottom of the bucket/jug. 
As I tasted it, I found it to be a bit lacking in the sweetness department, so I added just a touch of raw cane sugar to each bottle before we sealed them up.

 Then I had to come up with a name for this brew, which I called "Not Yo Mama's Cider" has a 12%-15% alcohol content once it's fermented up  good.  It's got a bit of a kick for sure! 
It was very easy to make this delicious homebrew. 
I urge you to try to make this at home, it was so easy to do and for we homesteaders, it's one more special treat to make yourself!  Cheers!!
Wishing you cider fun of your own, ~Peacemom


small farm girl said...

I've never tried hard cider. That sounds good! I just might have to give it a try!!!!

Jennifer and Steve said...

Way to go Vonnie! Hope it keeps you warm this winter...should it ever decide to get cold. :)