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Fall Harvest Cyser

From the BrewBlog of Bruce Buerger – Waukesha, Wisconsin USA
Printed November 22, 2017

Specifics
Style: Cyser
Brew Date: November 13, 2011
Tap Date: June 30, 2012
Yield: 5 gallons
Color (SRM/EBC): 16/31.5
Bitterness (Calc): 0 IBU (Daniels)
BU/GU: 0
Calories: 283 (12 ounces)
ABV: 12%
ABW: 9.4%
Batch No: 1
OG: 1.090
OG (Plato): 21.56° P
FG: 1.000
FG (Plato): 0° P
Real Extract: 3.9° P
App. Atten.: 100%
Real Atten.: 81.9%
Status: Bottled
BJCP Style Info: Cyser
Bitterness: N/A
Color: N/A
Info: In well-made examples of the style, the fruit is both distinctive and well-incorporated into the honey-sweet-acid-tannin-alcohol balance of the mead. Some of the best strong examples have the taste and aroma of an aged Calvados (apple brandy from northern France), while subtle, dry versions can taste similar to many fine white wines.

Commercial Examples: White Winter Cyser, Rabbit’s Foot Apple Cyser, Long Island Meadery Apple Cyser.

General Information
Method: Extract

Cyser from Ken Schramm's The Complete Meadmaker. 

Ingredients
20.00 pounds Apple Cider - 5 Gallons  
1.00 pounds Brown Sugar, Dark  
0.50 pounds Fruit - Dates  
0.50 pounds Fruit - Raisins  
8.00 pounds Honey - Wildflower  
Non-Fermentables
1 tsp Nutriferm Energy @ 0 minutes  
1 tsp Nutriferm Advance @ 0 minutes  
Yeast
Name: Lalvin
Manufacturer: Lallemand - Lalvin
Product ID: 71B-1122
Type: Wine
Flocculation: High
Attenuation: 75%
Temperature Range: 59–86°F
Amount: 5 gr
Water Profile

None

Calicum: 0 ppm
Bicarbonate: 0 ppm
Sulfate: 0 ppm
Chloride: 0 ppm
Sodium: 0 ppm
Magnesium: 0 ppm
PH: 0%
Notes:

No water added.

Procedure

Slice up dates and add them to the carboy with raisins, brown sugar, nutriferm, and honey.  Pour in the cider, mix well, and pitch Lalvin yeast along with a packet of Wyeast Cider yeast.

Special Procedures

Staggered Nutrient Additions of Nutriferm Advance:

  • 1.00 tsp initially
  • 0.75 tsp after 24 hours
  • 0.75 tsp after 48 hours
  • Final 0.75 tsp after 30% drop from O.G.
Fermentation
Primary: 14 days @ 74° F
Secondary: 30 days @ 74° F
Fall Harvest Cyser
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Original Gravity: 1.090 / 21.6° P  
     
     
     
     
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