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Saider: Let the Great Experiment Begin!

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You: What’s a Saaiiideer?

Us: Saider (SAI-DER) is a saison brewed using apple cider instead of water. When that finished fermenting it was a little acetic so we balanced it with a black currant and pinot noir pyment.

You: That sounds weird.

Us: It is. Want to try it?

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We think that will be how most exchanges will go when people first come up to try Saider (remember it’s pronounced SAI-DER). The idea to brew a beer but use apple cider instead of water was unique enough but when the resulting brew turned out more acetic then some of us would like balancing it out with a pyment seemed like a good idea. So now we have a beverage that literally is comprised of three different drinks. This is the definition of experimentation. Let the Great Experiment BEGIN! keep reading...

How to Make Hard Cider (Gluten Free)

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As we mentioned in a couple previous posts, while at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in Philly last month, we attended a seminar on cider-making. Though we had never brewed a cider before, we do enjoy drinking them and figured this would be a good way to dip our toes in the apple juice, as the saying goes. We were quite encouraged by the relatively low initial equipment investment compared to home brewing (all we had to purchase was a 5 gallon fermenter, a couple airlocks and carboys) so we decided to give it a shot. The entire process took about 3-4 weeks and our cider is now sitting in several growlers, packed up and ready to be served at the North Fork Craft Beer, Wine & BBQ Festival tomorrow. We separated our 5 gallon batch into 5 carboys so we could  experiment and flavor them all a bit differently: stock apple, fresh cherries, fresh cherries + vanilla + spice, cider spices: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc and the wildcard, ras al hanout, which is a North African spice blend. Be sure to stop by the LIBME table tomorrow and give one (or all 5) a try and let us know what you think. Below is a bit of a picture tutorial on the process but if you have any questions please feel free to comment, E-mail, Tweet or just track us down and ask. keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 9th, 2013 at 3:42 am