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Time Machine

Posted 2012/08/26

Homebrew - Grafter

The Grafter idea was born from me wanting an easy cider experiment. I have been using Simply Apple for a few batches now and to mix things up I thought why not just dump it straight on top of the Graff V2 yeast cake. The thought was I would get some new flavors from the left over Graff to change the cider up a bit.

Ingredients

  • 2.7 gallons of "Simply Apple" (5.5 bottles)
  • The yeast cake from Graff V2

Method

I racked Graff that I had been brewing into a bottling bucket and then dumped the apple juice right into the carboy. Gave the whole thing a big shake and fitted the blow off tube. About as easy as you can get.

Brew:        26 Aug 2012, OG 1.039
Bottle:      07 Oct 2012 (42), FG 1.000, ABV 5.12%
Ready:       06 Jul 2013 (314)
Summary:     Primary 42 days, Condition 314 days

After trying the Graff (which wasn't ready yet) I wanted to compare it to the Grafter. Since it was brewed on the Graff yeast cake I assumed it would pick up some of those flavors. It ended up being very dry (always what I want) and had a definite hint of the sharp taste of the Graff. It gave the cider a unique character that makes it stand out from the other Simple Apple ones I have made. The Graff taste was much more subtle than the Graff, making it smoother and easier to drink. It reminded me a little of the Apricot Cider. This has gotten me wondering what would happen if I dumped apple juice onto a 'normal' lager yeast cake. Perhaps using the cheap tannin and acid trick.

Brew

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Bottle

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Ready