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Stace Fell Hard Cider

1,010 calories 63 carbs
Beer Stats
Method: Extract
Style: Fruit Cider
Boil Time: 30 min
Batch Size: 5.25 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 2.5 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.500 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 72% (steeping grains only)
Source: Del Moses for Capitoline Statesman, Nano Brewery
Calories: 1,010 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 63 g (Per 12oz)
Created Saturday September 16th 2017
Brew Log History

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Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
6 lb Honey6 lb Honey 42 2 14%
4 lb Brown Sugar4 lb Brown Sugar 45 15 9.3%
0.5 lb Maltodextrin0.5 lb Maltodextrin 39 0 1.2%
0.9 lb Turbinado0.9 lb Turbinado 44 10 2.1%
31.6 lb Apple Juice31.6 lb Apple Juice 46 1.06 73.5%
43 lb Total      
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001
Attenuation (custom):
Optimum Temp:
68 - 73 °F
Fermentation Temp:
78 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.5 (M cells / ml / ° P) 597 B cells required
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator

480 oz of apple juice
Added .9 lb of Turbinado.
Made a 2 step starter of WLP001
Brought apple juice to build and mixed in honey, brown sugar, and turbinado.

Original Instructions
This brew is an iteration of a few ciders using different grain bills (juice to honey ratios) with various yeasts.

5lbs = 5 Gal. Apple Juice (if this is your first cider, use organic juice without potassium sorbate; it will kill the yeast and not ferment). Don't think I used maltodextrin here.

The rest of the grain bill is accurate. If a little less kick is needed, try one of the alternates below. I'm using WLP001 this time because of its tolerance for high alcohol, higher fermenting temp and because it finishes sweater (personally I prefer the dryness of the EC-1118 but then it's closer to Cyser territory).

I'm thinking ABV should be close to 10%. Also, because OG will be relatively high I'm using a starter. One could also double pitch with decent results. I've pitched one yeast pack before and still not had any problems.

Basic steps: Boil 2 gal. apple juice and add honey stirring constantly. (Honey is heavy and will sink to the bottom. It burns easily like candi syrup.) Boil juice, honey and sugar together for at least 20 minutes. Combine wort with remaining juice once temps drop to pitching levels.

WLP775 / 1.073 / 1.012 -5 gal. juice to 3 lbs honey
WLP005 / 1.087 / 1.030 -6 gal. juice to 6 lbs honey(4 gal. split)
EC-1118 / 1.087 / 1.011 -6 gal. juice to 6 lbs honey (2 gal. split)

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