Beer Log

About the Brewer

A designer by day, Dave Shea makes beer too. While no one would expect this stuff to win awards, it is at least getting drinkable.

036 – Bourbon Cider

After 6 months in the new place I still hadn’t got my fermentation temperature control sorted, so more small batch experiments were my only recourse. My only remaining 1 gallon jug was in use with #034 so I decided to go acquire a new one. It came filled with apple juice, so I sensed an opportunity.

With my non-beer fermentations the variables tend to be a lot lower. Blend up a must of some kind, add minerals and antibacterial agents, add adjuncts if needed, and wait. Bottle somewhere along the way. Wait more.

This falls into that territory. About the only remarkable thing I did with this batch was at bottling, when I dumped in the remnants of a batch of Eagle Rare bourbon that I had oak cubes soaking in for a while.

After a few weeks it went into bottles, and with all things cider the next step is a six month wait. And so we wait.

The Recipe

  • 1 gallon apple juice
  • 75g white sugar
  • 75g brown sugar
  • 1 packet Lavlin D-47
  • ~2oz oak-soaked bourbon

The Numbers

  • Brewed: 1 Oct 2013
  • Batch Size: 1 gallon
  • Yield: 3.1L
  • Fermentation temperature: ~20 C
  • Primary: 22d
  • Secondary: –
  • Target OG: 1.055
  • Target FG: 0.990
  • OG: 1.055
  • FG: ? (forgot to take a reading, ABV is approximate)
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBU: #8211;
  • SRM: #8211;

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