Read good things about using US05 with ciders - especially for people who prefer their cider to be on the sweeter side and less like a white wine. Originally bought Red Star Cotes des Blanc, but decided against it. May use it to ferment a 1 gallon batch just to what affect it has.
Fermented in primary for 18 days. Crashed cooled and left to mellow for another 7 days. Racked to secondary on top of five pounds of thawed frozen strawberries (Dole from Sam's Club). By this time the FG was around 1.002. Will back-sweeten to 1.006-1.010 range if needed when transferring to a keg to carbonate (September 22, 2010).
No need to back-sweeten. The strawberries gave a bit more sweetness back, bringing the FG to 1.006. Racked to a keg and set to condition for the next few months. Will probably carbonate and bottle in the spring (October 4, 2010).
|45.00 pounds||Apple Juice|
|5.00 pounds||Fruit - Strawberries, Raw or Frozen|
Dissolve the honey in 2 cups of apple juice (45 lbs of juice = 5 gallons) and add it and the rest of the juice to a sanitized carboy. Pitch yeast.
After the gravity gets to 1.006, crash cool in the lagering fridge to stunt fermentation, rack to a secondary, and add 5 lbs of frozen strawberries (thawed and crushed), add potassium sorbate, and then store cool for a couple of months.
If too dry, back-sweeten with 1 can frozen apple juice concentrate (all natural if possible).