Made my old mate in the bush a batch of cider. Took my time and used bottled juice wine yeast and yeast nutrient etc. Turned out a great drop but strong at 12 per cent alcohol. He loved it his wife of course hated it.
He’s been making a few noises about another batch and I’d thought I’d try to make some “prison hooch” style he could make himself from what he can get local up in the bush.
I started with a two litre bottle of coles own brand. Poured off 2 cups of juice to give room for sugar headspace etc. the wife drank that.
Pour a further couple of cups of juice in a scolded saucepan added a cup of raw sugar. A cup of strong tea and the juice of a lemon. Saucepan into a sink of cold water to cool. Added back to the bottle of juice with a scalded funnel and added 1/2 sachet of bakers yeast. Sealed with a layer of cling wrap held in place with a rubber band, a single pin hole in that to let out the excess CO2.
I checked the original juice it would have probably yelded 2 per cent alcohol. The addition of the cup of sugar takes that to a posible 8 per cent.
So the wait begins. Checking around day 5, but probably best at day 7. If it’s sweet it still need time . Dry ….time to possible add more sugar to carbonate.
A quick check on prices of ingedients roughly $3.50 tops.
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