tue, aug 25, 20
Spiced Apple Cider
1 large pot
1 gallon jug
1 Brewsy bag
Granulated sugar (varies based upon your sweetness preferences)
Approximately 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp allspice
A pinch of nutmeg (preferably grated)
1 orange (can also use 1/2 cup of orange juice)
2 tsp whole cloves (optional)
2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
Add apple juice/cider to pot with brown sugar, nutmeg, and allspice. Stir occasionally until everything dissolves.
If using cloves, stick them into the orange and put it into your pot. If you're not using cloves, use a half cup of store-bought or freshly squeezed orange juice.
Cover the pot for 20 minutes, and then take it off the burner and let it cool (must be room temperature before using your Brewsy bag).
Open the sweetness calculator to determine how much granulated sugar you should add and how much juice you should pour out. If you're using Martinelli's apple cider plug in 8 fl oz per serving and use 36 grams of sugar per serving.
If you're not using Martinelli's, simply add 5 grams of sugar per serving to the apple juice that you are using.
Open your Brewsy bag and pour the contents in. Seal your juice again and shake well.
Replace your juice cap with your airlock (see video here), add water to 'fill line', and leave in a dark and warm place (75-77 degree F) for three days. Cover with towel if necessary for darkness and/or keeping warm. Save the juice cap!
After 3 days, move to fridge for 48 hours. Optional: remove the airlock and replace with the original cap, but *not* tightened onto the juice container. Instead, leave it loosely on top.
After 48 hours in the fridge, your yeast will have fallen to the bottom of your container. You can now carefully pour your cider off of the sediment into a secondary container for bottling. you may find that sediment will build up again, and your cider might need to be poured off ('racked') once more. note: this sediment is completely safe to drink if accidentally consumed.
Enjoy! Your cider will continue to improve with age. (Optional) Serve your cider with cinnamon sticks to an an extra spice :)