The Old No. 5

I have been remiss… the 2002 vintage has been languishing in its carboys, waiting to be bottled. Some time back I brought carboy No. 5 up to the kitchen, anticipating a bottling which never came to pass. Time to rectify that, and get the stuff into convenient 12oz bottles for consumption.

I don’t seem to have my cider log anywhere handy, so I’ve no idea what No. 5 is, in terms of yeast, additives, etc. I’ve a strong suspicion that it’s either a blackberry or cranberry mixture, since it has rosey, purplish tones. Must dig up that logbook.

As of this writing the bottles are undergoing a final sterilization run in the dishwasher and the crowncaps are simmering on the stovetop. Should yield 48-50 12oz bottles, as there’s not much in the way of lees.