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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Crisp, Refreshing, and CHEAP!

So if you are ever running low on cash, but have a desire to make your own beverages, what kind of options do you have?  Brewing beer at home is a remarkable way to save money over the commercial examples of beer you might brew, but batches can still cost upwards of $40-50.  Here's a much cheaper way to make an alcoholic beverage that will cost you under $5 per gallon!

There are many commercial examples of hard ciders available on the market, many of which are great, many of which taste terrible.  I decided to do a little experiment (mostly because I had the ingredients on hand!) and see how baker's yeast could be used to ferment cider.  Tonight, after a greuling day of class, this is what I will be combining to make 2 gallons of hard apple cider.

2 gallons good quality apple juice with no preservatives other than ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
1 packet of Fleischmann's Baker's Yeast
2 cups light brown sugar
2 cups white table sugar

That's it! I'll be dissolving the sugars into about 1 cup of apple juice on the stove over low heat, and then combining all the ingredients into a fermenter.  The plan is to let it sit for 3 weeks and ferment completely, than bottle with priming sugar to make it a sparkling cider!  This recipe should turn out at about 7% ABV, and will cost less than $10 for the entire batch.  That comes out to about $0.50 per 12-oz bottle.  Not too shabby!

After it's finished I'll do a video review to let you know how it turns out just in time for the weather to start getting cooler.  Until next time,
Cheers and Happy Brewing!

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