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New England Hard Cider Bottling Day

Way ahead of schedule, I bottled the New England hard cider yesterday.  I made the decision based on two reasons.

  1. The oak flavor from the (floating) spirals was at a level that I thought was in harmony with the other flavors
  2. The cider had dropped clear.

Bottling New England Hard Cider


I did add a little sugar (100 grams boiled in a cup of water for 10 minutes) to make it sparkling. It would be nice to open on bottle for New Year’s Eve to see how it’s doing but I think the goal for the rest of the bottles is to have them age for a few months.

Tasting what went into the bottles was pleasant.  The Nottingham ale yeast does a great job with the pressed apple juice.

I am not sure if I would have liked the oak taste if I had left the spirals in for six weeks.  For the record, they were in contact with the cider for 3 weeks.  I don’t know – I tasted it and I felt like that where it should be.

I have two other ciders that will be ready for drinking in the spring.  I think around March will have a taste testing.



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  1. Brian

    Do you carbonate with corn sugar or something different? mine has not dropped clear yet. Still debating on sticking it in a corny keg and having a gallon of extra space or sticking it into the tap-a-draft bottles and having 2 six liter tap-a-drafts and 3 1l bottles to test. I’m leaning towards the t-a-d route.

  2. I used table sugar which I have learned works just as well as corn sugar to bottle carbonate. Dropping clear can take some time – my 50°F basement helped it to clear quickly.

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