A blend of Northern Ontario Wild Flower honey and Ontario grown apples, this is a classic cyser. At 9.9% alcohol by volume it packs a punch but is balanced by some residual sweetness. This batch was brewed as a pilot batch in a first generation receipe that will lead to many more. Brewed: Mid-Summer Ready [...]
About I was looking around for a natural herb that offered the tannin or bitterness I desire in a cider. I stumbled across sweet fern after brewing it up in a tea. So I purchased some from Forbes Wild Foods in Toronto and was off. Instead of artificially adjusting my cider with acid blends or [...]
About The recipe for this variation of my gruit came from George Heilshorn’s book Against All Hops. The grain bill is a bit more complex than previous editions. It combines some specialty grain with standard grains to form a base that should have a bit more head and body. The main flavouring ingredients remain [...]
Simply apple juice and yeast. Might seem like cheating to use pasteurized Allen’s, but for a blank testing canvas for other ingredients it has its merits.
It was not easy finding enough bulk honey in late Winter for this brew. Jeremy and I first tried Willow Grove Heritage and Honey Farm, but there wasn’t any honey to be found. A harsh season in 2017 meant a smaller yield. We headed over to West Ave Cider for a quick tasting and to figure out where we could find the 9Ibs we needed.
This is my first attempt at a traditional gruit for the Club. The main flavouring ingredients are Canadian sourced yarrow, marsh rosemary, and sweet gale. The adventure was all about sourcing these ingredients and I stumbled across Forbes Wild Foods in Toronto back in February.