English Hard Cider

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Makes 5 Gallons


  • 5 gals. fresh-pressed sweet cider, emphasis on a balance, as given in “Mixing Apples and Apples,” page 28.
  • 4 cups cane sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups honey
  • 1/2 tsp. yeast nutrient
  • 1/2 tsp. acid blend
  • 7 grams wine yeast
Step by Step:

Add sugars, honey, nutrient, and acid to cider and ferment with yeast. Rack after four weeks, bottle in corked wine bottles at about 20 weeks. Age in wine-cellar conditions for six months.

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Holiday Ale

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7 lbs. light DME
.5 lb. chocolate malt
.5 lb. light crystal malt
BrewTek Belgian Ale #2 from slant (1 qt. starter)
1 lb. orange blossom honey
28 IBU Hops
 Other Ingredients in the recipe:
1.5 tsp. grated orange peel
1.5 oz. fresh grated ginger
9 inches cinnamon stick

Add 1 oz. fresh grated ginger, 6 inches cinnamon stick, and 1 tsp. orange peel in last
15 minutes of boil.

Before bottling simmer 1/2 ounce ginger, 3 inches cinnamon, and a 1/2 tsp.
orange peel (simmer for 5 minutes and then strained the resulting tea though a coffee filter and
added it to the bottling bucket.)

If you are looking for a great holiday beer recipe then the Holiday Ale is just what you need.  You holiday guests will be amazed at your home brew skills and it is sure to bring that holiday cheer to everyone.