Saturday, December 8, 2012

#41 Stephen King’s - The Dark Tower - Graff (Cider/Wine)

I decided that I wanted to make a hard cider.  This sounded easy enough.  Get some cider and add yeast.  I decided to do research by sampling a number of ciders.  Well that didn't help.  I soon realized that there were a number of ciders that I didn't care for the taste.  I decide to read up on possible cider recipes.  This also didn't help.  There are a number of books on Amazon just on this topic.  I quit.  I then looked for the most popular cider recipe on  This recipe had 2k+ responses and almost 400k views.  So, that's how you got here.
Graf is a strong hard cider or apple-based beer widely consumed in In-World.
Brandon O's Graff  
Captain Greencoat's Graff bottle label from Homebrew TalkSlightly malty, slightly hoppy, with some good apple flavor.  If you like a clean, malty, not too tart easy drinking cider style beverage then this is your drink.

Brandon’s approach on how can I make something that will taste good faster and also have body?

Steep 8oz 60L and 1 oz (never more than 2 oz) torrified wheat (head retention) in .75 gallons of water @ 155 degrees for 30 mins.  (If you use cheap store brand juice, switch the 60L to 120L. Cheap juice tends to turn out a tad tart and this will balance it.)
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Sparge with .25 gallons
(Option JG:     .5 lb 60L
1oz Flaked Barley
1oz Flaked Oats)

Fermentables 2lb DME (suggestion is for 1lb amber and 1lb light)
Hops .5 oz of Cascade (you favorite hops ( right around 6% AA, using 18.5% AA summit hops can take a month after kegging for strong bitterness to blend nicely))  WARNING! IF YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE AMOUNT OF HOPS USED, MAKE IT LESS NOT MORE, it's really just too bitter with any more. (30 min)
Cool and add 4 Gallons of apple juice.
Yeast Nottinham or Safale-05 (Clean fermenting yeast)

Ferment 2 weeks at 64-68 degrees then keg or bottle.
VERY drinkable as soon as it is carbonate.  This will get better with 2-3 weeks of aging.

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