So, Mikey was trying some new fancy screw on plastic bottle caps for making cider. He made two lots of cider with different OSGs and we were excited to see what happened.
Well, the caps worked great. There’s a little valve in them so the fermentation happens in an old plastic bottle; let that sit for a couple weeks and the cider is done! Unfortunately I don’t think it was allowed to ferment for long enough…
The first bottle had an OSG of 1.089, which is pretty high! I believe the final gravity was around 1.035 (I didn’t write it down, oops!), which is still much too high, and the sweetness was still there in a big way.
Unfortunately the sweetness really took over and didn’t allow anything else through. I was able to find a little apple tang at the back, but it was difficult. The sweetness kept building up over a few sips and was quickly becoming difficult to drink. It was tasting pretty close to straight cordial.
The second bottle, which had more sugar and an OSG of 1.111 was even worse! There was no apple flavour to be found in it, just sugar.
We’re going to try and let it ferment a week or two longer and see if things can be recovered. Mikey seems pretty confident but I’m a bit skeptical. Let’s see if he can prove me wrong!