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Grocery-Store Cyser

From the BrewBlog of Scott Alfter – Las Vegas, NV USA
Printed May 20, 2024

Specifics
Style: Cyser
Brew Date: August 11, 2014
Tap Date: August 8, 2014
Yield: 2 gallons
Calories: 191 (12 ounces)
Conditioning: Keg
ABV: 7.6%
ABW: 5.9%
OG: 1.060
OG (Plato): 14.74° P
FG: 1.003
FG (Plato): 0.77° P
Real Extract: 3.3° P
App. Atten.: 94.8%
Real Atten.: 77.6%
Status: On Tap
BJCP Style Info: Cyser
Bitterness: N/A
Color: N/A
Info: In well-made examples of the style, the fruit is both distinctive and well-incorporated into the honey-sweet-acid-tannin-alcohol balance of the mead. Some of the best strong examples have the taste and aroma of an aged Calvados (apple brandy from northern France), while subtle, dry versions can taste similar to many fine white wines.

Commercial Examples: White Winter Cyser, Rabbit’s Foot Apple Cyser, Long Island Meadery Apple Cyser.

General Information
Method: Other

It's too hot to make beer, but the kegerator is nearly empty.  I had some US-05 on hand for a pale ale I hadn't gotten around to making, so I picked up some apple juice and honey on my next grocery run.  I intended for this to be at least somewhat sweet, but the yeast chewed through nearly all of the sugars.  The tartness in the apple juice comes through in this recipe.

Comments

Would like at least some sweetness to remain; that's why I used an ale yeast instead of the usual wine or mead yeast (that, and ale yeast is what I had on hand).  Next time, I'll add more honey and see if that does it.

Ingredients
17.00 pounds Juice - Apple  
1.00 pounds Honey  
Boil
Total Boil Time: 0 minutes
Yeast
Name: Safale
Manufacturer: Fermentis
Product ID: US-05
Type: Ale
Flocculation: Medium
Attenuation: 75-79%
Alcohol Tolerance: Medium
Temperature Range: 59–75°F
Amount: 12 gr
Procedure

Pour two gallons of Tree Top 3 Apple Blend into a carboy.  Add one pound of clover honey.  Shake to mix.  Add yeast, put on an airlock, and let ferment for a week.  Crash the yeast out, rack into a keg, and put it on tap.

Grocery-Store Cyser
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Boil Time: 0  
Original Gravity: 1.060 / 14.7° P  
     
     
     
     
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