All Done

There was more sludge than I thought initially, but the final yield was 39 12oz bottles and 5 double-deuces. Capped in green.

I found that I had left a convenient note-to-self on the glass, in Sharpie, which was unreadable against the dark cidery background. Filled on November 12 of 2002, Carboy No. 5 was 4 gallons of Skurdahl blend and 1 quart of pureed blackberries from Ian’s backyard patch. No mention of the yeast pitched, if any, but that’ll be in the Logbook, wherever it’s gotten itself to.

Regrettably, I had the racking tube set a bit too low when I started bottling, so some of the first few have a fair bit of blackberry sediment in them. Feh. So there are a few seeds… it’s a distinction of the handcrafting process 🙂

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.