Now as we set the way-back machine for the present, a couple of months ago I was reading about brewing hard cider when I remembered about the raisins and wondered if they could work for brewing hard cider. After some research online I discovered that it would work and that some people had been doing it this way for a long time and that others where using the yeast that is found on the skin on the outside of the apple. So this is how they do it.
Oops, almost forgot to mention that one of the other reasons for cultivating a cider yeast is that when you use it for brewing hard cider you tend to get a hard cider that has more of a apple smell and taste to it, and you get to not only impress your friends with the fact that made it, but that you brewed it with your very own yeast you created yourself.
Step 1: Supplies
- organic apple **NOTE DO NOT WASH THE APPLE***
- organic apple juice NOT FROM CONCENTRATE AND NO PRESERVATIVES
- paring knife
- 1 quart canning jar
- canning ring and lid
- air lock
- 3/8-7/16 drill bit
kill off any natural yeast cling to the outside of the apple, they are just picked and sent to the store. Also DO NOT WASH them as this will remove any yeast from the apple and then you will just be wasting your time.
Why organic juice? Well it just seams to work better when you are trying to cultivate the yeast. once you you have got a strong culture going you can use other types of juice as long as they have no preservatives in them as they will kill almost any type of yeast you put in them. I have had no luck at all using any other type of juice when trying to start a culture. plus I like the way it taste better.
What is sanitizer and where do I get it ? Sanitizer is used to make sure that any equipment that you are using does not have any unwanted cultures or bacteria that that could spoil or give you unwanted results.
You can find it at any local brew shop or at any online brewing supplier.
What is the air lock for? It's purpose is to prevent any outside containment from getting in while letting built up gasses from inside to escape.
You can get them the same place you got the sanitizer, they are under 1$ usd.
Step 2: Prepearing Canning Lid
Step 3: Sanitize
Step 4: Peel the Apple
Peel the apple and put the peels in the canning jar.
Step 5: Add Juice
Step 6: Put Canning Lid on Jar
Now take the sticker that you removed from the apple and press it onto the top of the lid so that you know what type of apple it is.
Step 7: Air Lock
Place in hole in lid.
Step 8: Store
Step 9: Wait
You will know that it is starting to do something when you see bubbles start to form on top of the juice and then gases starting to escaping out of the air lock as bubbles.
In other words as someone once said "It's ALIVE".
Step 10: What Do I Do With It Now That I Have It?
I have even read where some people have used yeast like this to make a type of slow rise bread,(4-6 hours).