Cider / Craft Cider

December 7th, 2017

Toffee Apple

We all have to start somewhere. Well, Brouwerij Geel's brewing journey started with a Toffee Apple-flavoured Cider. 2017 had been a year where we enjoyed a lot of Brothers' ciders, especially their Toffee Apple kind — so sweet, yet so good. With this first ever brew we tried to replicate it.

Brew label

Ingredients*

* This recipe results in a batch of  ( 3.8 / 10 / 20 )  liters.

Fermentables

  • 0.57 kg Toffee-Flavoured Apple Concentrate

Yeast

  • White Labs WLP518 Opshaug Kveik Ale Yeast

Here's how it's done.

Preface

Brewing is a craft that revolves around on Planning and Sanitation — make sure you have all ingredients and equipment ready and sanitised: this will save you a lot of headaches later on.

However, Brewing is also about Experimentation and Enjoying Yourself. As a wise man once said: Relax. Don't worry. And have a homebrew.

The Mash — [1/5]

During The Mash we convert all sugars in the grain to fermentable sugars by steeping it in hot water for a long period of time. Additionally, The Mash extracts colour and flavour from the grain.

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The Sparge — [2/5]

During The Sparge we separate the Wort from The Grains by straining it, and pouring hot water over it to draw all of the fantastic sugars and flavours that we extracted in the previous step.

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The Boil — [3/5]

During The Boil we bring our Wort to a low, rolling boil. In this phase, we also add our hops, aromatics and other special ingredients. In terms of profile, adding hops during boil will result in Bitterness (long boil), Flavour (medium boil) and Aroma (boiled briefly).

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The Fermentation — [4/5]

During The Fermentation we use our best friend Saccharomyces Cerevisiae — also known as Brewer's Yeast — to turn the Wort we just created into Beer! For this to happen, two things are crucial: Sanitation and Temperature Control.

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Intermezzo: Keep in a dark place at room temperature for two to three days, until the CO2 bubbling quiets down. That's the brew day done for now! Time to relax and have a pint 🍻.

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Bottling — [5/5]

Our final step in this journey. In the Bottling phase we … bottle our brew. For this step, make sure you have sanitised bottles, and a way to close them off (using bottle caps, or swing-top bottles).

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Stats for Nerds

Finally, here are some statistics that brewing nerds would appreciate. Keep in mind these have been measured using homebrewing equipment, and may not be lab-accurate. If you managed to get your hands on a bottle of this brew, we would recommend you experience it using this tasting sheet!

Initial Specific Gravity (OG) 1.337
Final Specific Gravity (FG) 1.000
Alcohol By Volume (ABV) 4.5%
Bitterness (IBU) 0
Colour (SRM) 12
Clarity Clear

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