I discovered a recipe for a German Hard Cider on HomeBrewTalk.com and also found a good deal on a used carboy. Last night I
brewed .. assembled this easy award winning Apfelwein recipe posted to the Home Brew Forums by Edwort. Click HERE to check out the thread including the recipe. I could not find the yeast or the particular Apple Juice it calls for, so I used a wine yeast 1118 and PC Fancy grade 100% Apple Juice.
Apfelwein (German, apple wine) is a German variant of cider made out of apples. It is also regionally known as Ebbelwoi, Äppler, Stöffsche,Apfelmost (apple must), Viez (from Latin vice, the second or substitute wine), and Saurer Most (sour must). It has an alcohol content of 5.5%–7% and a tart, sour taste. The name Äppler, mainly propagated by large producers, is generally not used in restaurants or by smaller manufacturers who instead call the beverage Schoppen or Schoppe which refers to the measure of the glass.
The Easy Blonde was also racked to the secondary and the final gravity reading was 1012 putting it at 4.6% ABV. When it is in the carboy it appears really dark, but in a glass you can see its true color. I would have liked this to be even lighter. I am going to start experimenting with adding the extract late in the boil to achieve lighter colored beer. Here are some pictures:
Primary opened shows evidence of a vigorous fermentation
Hydrometer showing a 1012
A little taste - nice color