|Oh no! - Bottle Imperfection|
Plain CiderThis is the simple hard apple cider. Just add one teaspoon of sugar per 750ml to the bottle for carbonation. After bottling the plain cider, I found that the bottle had a flaw in it - apparently a thin metal rod and a tiny spring found their way into the glass that formed this bottle. As I don't want to let this bottle get pressurized, I had to just put it right into the fridge and drink it the next day. I have contacted my (non)-local homebrew store, which is located about 300 miles from my house about getting a replacement. I guess I should have inspected them before leaving the store.
Chai-derMasala tea (commonly known as chai tea, here in the US) is warmly spiced tea made with milk. This flavor combination uses some of the most common spices from that drink. It doesn't use milk. For one 750ml bottle, I used the following spices. I also added one teaspoon of sugar for carbonation.
5 whole black peppercorns
4 whole cardamom pods
1 whole clove
I didn't crush the spices, because I didn't want to have fragments in every glassful.
|The spices for Chai-der|
Ginger CiderI have made ginger cider before, but this is my first time using my new Breville juicer. Using ginger juice means I can get the flavor in quickly, without risking ginger chunks getting into glasses. When I made it before, I put grated ginger into the primary fermenter, before filtering it out at bottling. Not conducive to multiple flavors.
|What was left of the ginger after juicing. Yikes!|
As a side note, I could have added ginger to the chai-der as well, but I chose not to in an effort to maximally differentiate the ciders. Ginger is a common spice in masala chai.
Earl Grey CiderThe final cider flavor was inspired by a conversation with homebrewer Joe Lawler. He suggested a bergamot flavored cider. The only thing I have with bergamot in is Earl Grey tea. I made an extremely strong brew of Earl Grey and added it to the bottle. I boiled 1/3 cup water and then added three teaspoons of really nice loose Earl Grey (a gift from Micah Smith) and turned the heat off. I allowed this tea to steep for 10 minutes before putting it into the cider bottle. I also added the teaspoon of sugar for carbonation.
1/3 cup boiled water
3 tsp loose Earl Grey (or 2-3 Earl Grey teabags)
|Very tasty tea!|