Hard Cider Recipe

Home made hard cider is really (I mean) really easy to make. It also seems to be getting trendier and trendier these days. So instead of just joining the crowds and ordering up a nice hard cider. Make your own! You’ll impress your friends and have complete control of what you are putting in your body. Here’s the basic recipe for five gallons of hard cider.  In five easy steps!

Ingredients:

  • Five gallons of apple juice – this can be from a local farm, grocery store or from concentrate.  Just make sure it doesn’t have any preservatives in it.  (That would kill the yeast.)  
  • 1 packet of champaign yeast

Directions:

STEP ONE:  Sanitize your carboy. 

carboy

STEP TWO:  Pour in your five gallons of apple juice.

hard-cider

STEP THREE:  Pitch your yeast.

yeast

STEP FOUR:  Add your airlock.

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STEP FIVE:  Relax. relax-drinks

Keep an eye on your carboy and in about a month it should be ready to keg or bottle.  Enjoy!

Have you made homemade hard cider before?  What did you do?  How did it turn out?

Raspberry Wheat Recipe

My friend Heather, from Blendhappy.com is here visiting me for a couple of days.  As part of my duties as PDX Tour Guide, I’ve been showing her the beer culture of my lovely hometown.  We started making beer smoothies and I realized after she posted the first video I never posted the Raspberry Wheat Recipe that we featured in the video.  That being said, here it is:

Raspberry Wheat Recipe:

Recipe adapted from HomebrewExchange.net: Raspberry Wheat

Ingredients:

  • 3.3 lb Wheat Liquid Malt Extract
  • 1 lb Light Dry Malt Extract
  • 1 lb Malted Wheat
  • 1 oz German Hallertau Hops
  • 1 oz Mt. Hood Hops
  • American Yeast
  • 1 lb German Pislner
  • 1 lb Wheat Malted
  • 6lbs of raspberries from family friends
  • 1/4 tsp of Irish Moss

Instructions:

  1. Heat 3 galloons of water to 160F.
  2. Steep grains for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove grains and bring water to boil.
  4. Add malts and bring to boil again.
  5. Start hop schedule.  Add Mt. Hood Hops (60 minutes).
  6. At 30 minutes add German Hallertau Hops.
  7. At 15 minutes add Irish Moss.
  8. Chill wort and add water to top off to 5 gallons.
  9. Pitch yeast.
  10. Add raspberries.

Note: Raspberries might cause your beer to throw up!  (See image below)

Anyone else have this problem?  How do you make sure your beer doesn’t explode?

Blueberry Pale Ale

Blueberry Pale Ale

Blueberry Pale Ale

Blueberry Pale Ale: Blueberry Lager Adaptation

Ingredients:

  • 7lbs liquid light malt extract
  • 3lbs frozen blueberries
  • 1lb crystal malt (10L)
  • ½ lb gam. honey malt (25L)
  • ¼ lb german carapils malt
  • 1 tsp gypsum
  • 1 tsp irish moss
  • 2 oz Mt. Hood Hops
  • ½ oz Fuggle Hops
  • American Yeast

Instructions:

1.       Steep grains at 155*F for 30 minutes.

2.       Remove grains.

3.       Add malt extract and bring to boil.

4.       Add Mt. Hood Hops, boil for 60 minutes (Hop Schedule Starts).

5.       Add Irish Moss and gypsum in the last 20 minutes of the boil.

6.       Add Fuggle Hops in the last 5 minutes of the boil.

7.       Cool wort to pitching temperature.

8.       Add frozen blueberries.

9.       Pitch Yeast

What was the last beer you brewed?