My uncle and his friends do a heck of a job on that stuff. I plan on sitting in on one of their sessions sometime!
Have you Ever made it Naturally?mountainhippie said:I make mine dry and simple. 5 gallons of cider, 5 camden tablets, wait 24 hours and pitch champagne yeast. If I want to up the alcohol a bit I add some honey before the camden tablets. Then, after a secondary fermentation, 1/3 cup priming sugar in 2 cups boiling water, bottle, and give it at least 2 weeks preferably 4 and you're ready to go.
Don't understand How that is Illegal, your not using a Still!mountainhippie said:My landlords have an orchard, so I have the opportunity to get unpasteurized, untreated cider from them. I have made it by letting it to its own devices, but it can be a crap shoot. Get the wrong yeast in there, and you wind up with vinegar.
Now, the other thing you can do, which is illegal mind you, is once you have your hard cider you stick it outside during the winter, so the freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw separates out a lot of the water in the form of ice. Then you drain out what's not ice and that's "apple jack".
Most likely with Benzoic acid or they heat it up to a certain temp and then hold it there for so many minutes and then let it cool, like milk is done.Sqrlhntr said:How do the Amish treat theirs?