Mickey Moonbeams Fizzy Cider

What Ho Chums!

decided to have another go at some cider, cyder,zyder or whatever you want to call it (but of course never, ever cidre, good god no).

Now after  the Euro Fizz, I’ve discovered the ancient mysteries of making bubbles, which of course we all know as  C6H12O6 + 2 ADP + 2 Pi + 2 NAD+ → 2 CH3COCOO + 2 ATP + 2 NADH + 2 H2O + 2 H+

and of course H2CO3 → H2O + CO2

here’s a link to some scientific stuff  all about if you can be arsed, The Maths and Science of Carbonation.

So it looks like the beloveds luck could be in, she’ll get her fizzy cider.

First things first, here’s a cider kit.

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This contains the apple concentrate, to which 2.5l of water of boiling water needs to be added  in a fermentation vessel, aka a plastic bucket.

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If only I could write in smell-o-vision or something, it smells very appley. Next 1kg of sugar needs to be added, I dissolved some in hot water to speed things up.

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It doesn’t look very appetizing but hey-ho I’m drinking it not eating it (or rather the beloved is). Next cold water was added to bring the amount up to 23l.

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A quick gravity reading was taken.

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1.36 og, so this will be about 4.5% when finally barreled/bottled.

Next the yeast has to be added: when the temperature is between 18-24 degrees C.

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20.3 degrees C, hmmm just right, as Goldilocks said when she thieved baby bears porridge.

Now this is the yeast that came with the kit.

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As you can see lots of Johnny Foreigner writing on it and we’re not having any of that cidre m’larkey. Luckily I bought this yeast when I got the kit.

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Looks a bit more British. Here’s a pic of me wee yeasties having a swim.

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Then it’s on with the lid and wait for 5 to 8 days until fermentation stops.

Cheers.

 

 

 

 

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About Mick Gall

Hello, my name is Mick Gall and I hail from Teynham in sunny Kent. I love gardening and ale so I thought I'd try this blogging m'larky. One blog is about all the great ales,ciders,pubs and brewers we have in Kent and Sussex the other is about gardening and wildlife, plus some folklore thrown in.
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