Belated Brew Log (Again)

It’s been less than a year since I posted, that counts as victory, right?

Tonight I bottled the first batch of this year’s cider – because I ran out of gallon jugs and needed to empty one for (what is probably) the last batch of this year’s cider. The 2016 Early Scrumpy was about half little early crab apples, the red elongated ones that are common around here as ornamentals, but I don’t know the actual name of the variety. And half slightly underripe early variety apples (Discovery?) from a Buy Nothing neighbor who wanted them off her tree pretty early.

OG: 1.054 (@ 73ºF), pH 3.2
FG: 1.006
6.5% ABV

It’s quite sour, but fruity and good. It would probably be better with a bit of backsweetening, but I am too lazy to fuss with that.

Six more gallons of cider in the basement. Maybe I’ll log them here as I bottle them.


  1. Erica wrote:

    Hi Maria,

    I’ve lost your email address but would love to reconnect. I am deep in a mess of scientific papers about plants that are hyperaccumulators. Most studies seems to involve chelating agents or other “helpers” but I’m trying to figure out just how much toxicity is to be expected in the aerial parts of so-called hyperaccumulators growing on polluted ground, as well as non-polluted ground where heavy metals occur naturally. I thought you might have some insights, or even resources to direct me to with this sort of info. The information I’ve found so far is from the perspective of using hyperaccumulators effectively to clean up pollution, not for the savvy forager trying not to poison herself.

    Hope life is good.


    PS: I know this has absolutely nothing to do with your brew post so feel free to delete!

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