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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Rauch Malted Cider

Fermentation is pretty much complete. I forgot that this yeast tends to hang around a while, hence the longer fermentation/aging time. Plus the addition of dry hopping made the yeast more active.
I took a  gravity reading today and it was 1.008 placing ABV at 5.77%.
Aromas of smoke, tart apples, a little spice, and some floral notes from the dry hopping.
Flavors of smoke and mildly tart apples with a crisp, clean finish. Smoke and red apple linger on the palate slightly, which seem to compliment each other quite nicely. There is a nice acid tartness on the finish that rounds out the flavors. Not too sweet, yet not too dry, this seems to land right in the middle, which will make it quite refreshing for warmer weather and should pair well with barbecue and grilled foods.
Bottling will commence within the next couple of days, then another two weeks for the taste test with carbonation.
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