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Author Topic: Making Applejack  (Read 6113 times)

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Making Applejack
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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2016, 05:42:26 PM »
Are you making some more steamy? or is this from your older batch?
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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2016, 06:28:11 AM »
The photo is from an older batch but I have 4 more 2L bottles ready for the freezer. These are hopped with 4 different kinds of hops, so I will do a 'blind' taste test to see which hop I prefer for future reference. I have found that I prefer hopped applejack over regular applejack (too sweet), just my personal preference. I will also do an additional taste test on 4 more hopped ciders (I usually keep that many hops here). 17!
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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2016, 08:01:35 AM »
forgot you were doing that hopped cider test.
keep us posted on that Steamyb.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2016, 02:57:21 PM »
I'll have to use 2 letters! The necks of the bottles fit perfect!
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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2016, 07:08:25 PM »
That will be a interesting experiment Steamy , I am looking forward for the results of the hopped cider and would like to try a hopped cider. I have made it without hops but this sounds tasty  Cheers Steamy and 17

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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2016, 07:34:56 PM »
Hi Steamy,

So maybe i'm coming into the conversation too late.. sorry if i am... which 4 hops are you using in your taste test??

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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2016, 07:48:42 AM »
Hi Steamy,

So maybe i'm coming into the conversation too late.. sorry if i am... which 4 hops are you using in your taste test??

Oh to be hanging in your neck of the woods for that!


Hey Buddy- Never too late to jump in here!
Now I'm testing:
Northern Brewer
East Kent Goldings
Czech Saaz
Citra
Next I will try 4 different hops in a 2L of Hard Cider.
These will all be 'house' hops that I usually have on hand, I would never buy hops for cider- only beer. But since I have them here and the cider was better (IMHO) with them- they help to cut the sweetness (especially in the Applejack), I thought this would be a worthwhile experiment.
Of course, taste is relative and descriptions are difficult, so each person would need to 'fine-tune' their own flavor profiles. Also, the hops come off differently in cider because the cider makes a different contribution to the end result as opposed to a beer. Huge difference between 'sweet malt' and 'sweet apple', and when you concentrate the flavor of the apple by freezing, it puts that flavor in a different level. For me, cider and Applejack are secondary to my beers.
I have found that the most accurate descriptions of hop flavor contributions were at-
http://www.sicilianosmkt.com/v/market/resources/beer-hop-chart.pdf
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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2016, 01:53:53 PM »
Hey Steamy,

Nice cross section of hops.  I'm thinkin' ... ok, that's dangerous for me... that I would probably prefer the Saaz or the Northern Brewer over the others...  but I won't know until I try! 

I am planning on a brew day Saturday.. either a Vienna style lager or a rye pale ale... while I'm at it, I might as well get some cider going for apple jack.  Don't lead me astray Steamy... I'm impressionable..  LOL..


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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2016, 06:32:32 AM »
I been drinking my oak aged apple jack recently.

Ffffffuuuuuuuck it's good.
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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2016, 11:48:30 AM »
Damon,

Did you put your apple jack in an oak cask or add oak chips?

How long?

mmmm... that sounds real good. 

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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2016, 02:03:45 AM »
Damon,

Did you put your apple jack in an oak cask or add oak chips?

How long?

mmmm... that sounds real good. 

Brewing as we speak.  Look kids it's a Rye!!!

I have oak chips in the bottle!
Fermenting:
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Bottle aging:
Oaked sour ale '16
Coffee stout '15
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Keg 3: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 4: Mongrel //
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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2016, 08:29:21 AM »
I'm thinking the 'Oak Aged' Applejack may be the best way to go. The oak barrels & oak charcoal filtering contribute to the flavor and color of Jack Daniels, Hiram Walker (Canadian Club) & dozens (hundreds?) of other spirits. If oak helps to cut the sweetness of the Applejack, then I'm down with it. I have not tried Oaked Applejack yet, but I am a culinary adventurer and this also applies to beverages. I would have to look at the cost also because I am a cheap bastard. 17!

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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2016, 09:29:17 AM »
I think I've got some oak chips around here somewhere... I used some in a porter awhile ago.   I'm thinking of adding the oak chips after I've condensed the cider down to apple jack. 

Just did the cider last night... bubbling away like mad this morning. 

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Re: Making Applejack
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2016, 05:47:18 PM »
I'm thinking the 'Oak Aged' Applejack may be the best way to go. The oak barrels & oak charcoal filtering contribute to the flavor and color of Jack Daniels, Hiram Walker (Canadian Club) & dozens (hundreds?) of other spirits. If oak helps to cut the sweetness of the Applejack, then I'm down with it. I have not tried Oaked Applejack yet, but I am a culinary adventurer and this also applies to beverages. I would have to look at the cost also because I am a cheap bastard. 17!

Hundreds of spirits, no, thousands. Whisk(e)y isn't that until it's been in barrels for at least 3 years (actually you can get some white ones these days, but c'mon)

My applejack wasn't sweet to begin with, it was actually quite acidic but the oak has toned this down a little. It's now got a nice spicy vanilla character to it.

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Oaked sour ale '16
Coffee stout '15
Oaked apple cider '15
Barleywine '14

Keg 1: Golden ale
Keg 2: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 3: Not-17 BIPA
Keg 4: Mongrel //
Keg 5: EMPTY :(

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Mini keg 2: Empty!
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