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Applejack
« on: March 03, 2015, 08:34:16 PM »
If you have a taste for apple cider, you should try Applejack. My recipe is simple- in a 2 Liter plastic bottle add 2 apple juice concentrates from the freezer section of the grocery and some Pat Macks Homebrew Yeast (http://homebrewingcaps.com/). Wait 2 weeks, degas and freeze.
Invert the 2 Liter bottle over a 1/2 or 1 gallon jug and double strength Applejack drains into the jug. When the ice is clear, toss it, all of the alcohol is in the jug. This is about 40 proof, so use caution and be safe.
I have some hopped (cascade) and I'm waiting on some I made with tea bags (reg & Constant Comment). It's all an experiment right, and while I wait for the 15 gallons of pilsner to lager so I can keg it, this keeps me busy. Have fun!

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2015, 08:03:25 AM »
thumbs up steamyb love apple jack
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Re: Applejack
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2015, 09:42:36 AM »
40% ? wow!! Looks like I'll be doing that in the coming month.
Thanks for the heads up.


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Re: Applejack
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2015, 05:14:15 PM »
I have been experimenting with a number of diff Apple jack recipes lately. So far I have achieved about 26% in some 20% in others. I have one now that I am doing that will be around 12%, more like a wine strength. Does this stuff improve with aging?

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2015, 05:33:30 PM »
40% ? wow!! Looks like I'll be doing that in the coming month.
Thanks for the heads up.


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40 proof so that would be 20%

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2015, 09:47:33 AM »
I'm not that much into math but here's what I'm doing:
Blend 2 frozen apple juice concentrates with 1 cup of white sugar. Adding a little hot water helps at this point. With a funnel, this goes into a 2 liter soda bottle (not a water bottle- they are thin and can't handle the pressure). Top off the 2 liter with water.  I use Pat Mack's caps and yeast- http://homebrewingcaps.com/ (Not an endorsement, but they work) and this makes hard cider at 17+% alcohol. About 2-3 weeks later fermentation has finished, I degas the bottle and pop into the freezer. The water freezes, but the alcohol does not. This is not distilling (no heat involved), only concentrating the alcohol in the cider. I invert the 2 liter bottle over a 1/2 gallon jug (it will sit there like an hourglass) and the alcohol drips down into the jug. I repeat as needed to keep the jug close to full. If the hard cider starts at 17+% alcohol, then I'm guessing the applejack to be 36-40% alcohol. I do know that you can feel the burn on the way down, and this is for sipping. I have tried teas and herbs (cinnamon, etc.), but just the juice works fine and tastes good.

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2015, 11:43:43 AM »
steamyb what yeast do you use? pat macks yeast that came with the caps?
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Re: Applejack
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2015, 09:50:15 AM »
Yep- I don't know what kind of yeast it is (probably wine), but it works great. I found out about the caps from a craigtube video-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2UWO3g_CmE

These things work and the yeast doesn't seem to play-out until the sugars are converted. If you find the cider too sweet for your taste, just lower the added sugar. This is the easiest way I know to make cider (and then I make Applejack from this cider). 17!

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2015, 03:03:41 PM »
40% ? wow!! Looks like I'll be doing that in the coming month.
Thanks for the heads up.


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40 proof so that would be 20%


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Re: Applejack
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2015, 10:40:20 PM »
Craig talks about applejack in his latest hbw, it caught my attention when I was watching it after seeing the topic on this site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tLEuNLTjKU&feature=em-subs_digest
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Re: Applejack
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2015, 03:31:57 AM »
Yea Grassman- I have learned a lot from craigtube over the years and I hope he continues the videos. Sometimes the content is lacking, as far as beer is concerned, but he is my favorite white Canadian and I would watch him scramble an egg (shows how boring it is to be me).

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2015, 08:23:09 AM »
I freeze distilled some cider twice to get a 40% Applejack. Was nice to sip while drinking a few pints of beer. Got quite smashed :D
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Re: Applejack
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2015, 08:20:07 PM »
I've heard of a couple of ways to make apple jacks on this thread.  When you guys make it with frozen concentrate, do you add the recommended water on the package?  17

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2015, 05:14:35 AM »
No- because to make Applejack, it is frozen to remove the water. I only use enough water to bring the level up on a 2 L for the cider making. Then this is de-gassed and frozen- producing the Applejack. Hope this helps.

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Re: Applejack
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2015, 09:39:10 AM »
the last bit of applejack i did kinda had a vinegar taste to it.
do any of you guys get this when you make it?
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