BrewBlog: Spontaneous Fermentation Hard Cider
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1 tablet Campden Tablets  
2.5 tsp Yeast Nutrient  
Name: Safale
Manufacturer: Fermentis
Product ID: US-05
Type: Ale
Flocculation: Medium
Attenuation: 75-79%
Alcohol Tolerance: Medium
Temperature Range: 59–75°F
Amount: 24 gr
Equipment Profile

Single Carboy, No Boil

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Efficiency: 75% Mash Tun Weight: 0 pounds
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No boil.  Just pour the contents into the carboy.

Water Profile


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Chloride: 0 ppm
Sodium: 0 ppm
Magnesium: 0 ppm
PH: 0%

No water added.


5 gallons of cider from a local orchard.  UV pasteurized and preservative free.  Pour it into a sanitized carboy along with a crushed campden tablets.  Waited about 5 days and it actually started fermenting even with an air lock on the carboy.  Decided what the heck, pump it with oxygen for 1 minute, adding the brown sugar, pitched the yeast, and added nutrient.  Rack to secondary after two weeks and let it sit until clear.

Since this is a what the heck experiment I threw in an old WY 3724 Belgian Saison smack pack that still smelled pretty good in there as well. 

Primary: 28 days @ 68° F
Secondary: 150 days @ 68° F
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Awards & Competitions
Entry Name: Spontaneous Fermentation Hard Cider
Competition: Midwinter Homebrew Competition
Date: Feb 19, 2011
Style: English Cider
Place: 2nd (Silver)
Entry Name: Spontaneous Fermentation Hard Cider
Competition: The Schooner Homebrew Competition
Date: Sep 17, 2011
Style: Common Cider
Place: 3rd (Bronze)
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