Brewing Standard Cider And Perry At Home
Brewing Standard Cider and Perry is a perfect choice not just for the flavor but also for the scrumptious aroma of apples as well. This amber colored drink is mostly popular in England, but is slowly gaining popularity in other parts of the world. Brewing Standard Cider and Perry requires you to get hold of apples, or newly generated apple juice, neither of which are available at all times of the year, in many parts of the world. But don't get disheartened, wait for apple season, or buy them at ridiculously high rates from a fruit shop, and begin your experience with brewing Standard Cider and Perry at home. In case there is a fruit press near your home, consider yourself saved.
The diffent Steps of Brewing Standard Cider and Perry at Home
Apart from the juice, you are required to get a plastic cask and also a plastic pipe. Now that you are ready with the supplies, you are required to transfer the juice into the plastic cask and store it for around forty eight hours, to see results. This is the time it usually takes to begin fermenting. Try and get your hands on a large cask, as this will improve the level of fermentation, making the final result much better. Another point to note while filling up the cask is that the bung hole should be uppermost, as doing so later can cause undesired results.
After you are sure fermentation has begun, a fact which can be verified when white froth starts to bubble out of the bung hole, you leave the juice to ferment for another three weeks. After this period, once the activity within the cask has stopped, you siphon off a bit of the juice to use for dissolving sugar, so take only as much is required. Add 2-4 lb per gallon in the cask, to the removed juice. For the sugar to completely dissolve you will have to heat the solution. Allow this sweetened juice to cool, and then add it back into the juice in the cask. In case all the juice does not fit into the cask, then remember that as fermentation continues, the quantity of juice will keep decreasing, allowing you to add the sweetened juice over this period. This should take around two weeks.
During this time take care to always keep the cask full, as airspace might lead to the growth of bacilli, which can turn the cider acidic and hence useless. Once you are sure that all fermentation is over, and all activity has ceased, you are required to bung up the cask, and leave it for a period of at least eight months. The longer you leave it the better, some people leave it for even as long as two years.
The best time to make this beverage is during October-November, at least in England. Choose the time when you have almost similar weather and begin your stint with brewing Standard Cider and Perry.