S/V Hello World's Travel Log

apple cider? good. hard apple cider? even better!

That's right - we can now make our own hard cider. And I'm going to share the secret. You're welcome :) This is thanks to John on s/v Alias who gave us the idea. He carries with him an entire beer making kit and a hookah. This guy is not messing around.

So, here is the recipe I used. We've decided it comes out better than what we get at the bar - can't beat that!

1. Start with 1 gallon of good apple cider (I was able to find Tree Top in Mexico)
2. Drink about a cup out of it to make room for sugar, yeast and gases
3. Mix in 1/2 cup of sugar (more if you want it more alcoholic)
4. Dissolve 1/4 tsp yeast in water and then add it to the cider
5. Put on the cap and leave it just loose enough that CO2 can get out (you don't want air getting in)
6. Let it sit for 4 days and then...poof! Hard cider!

There are all sorts of fancy tricks, like getting a one way valve that lets gas out but not in and siphoning off the hard cider to avoid drinking the sediment. We have no such fancy tools, and we're just as happy with our trailer trash cider - it's yummy.

In addition to cider, we've also been making our own yogurt and cottage cheese. Recipes can be found on our faaaancy recipe page!


Patrick said...

I was wondering how you were avoiding all those cantinas. Have any plans for an onboard distillery?

Jason said...

Funny you should mention that. We just hung out with Ken and Susan aboard Bint Al Khamseen last night. He whipped out an IPA he brewed up that phenomenal. So we may not be distilling but brewing seems highly likely. I need to look into that when we get back to the states.

CB said...

I'm laughing to myself just thinking about my favorite cider joke.

JT said...

The crew of the Lady Washington is going to love this.

Christy said...

CB - are you going to SHARE your joke with us?

Kim - careful - it's dangerous! :)

JT said...

You'll be hearing cider-induced sea chanties carried by the wind and waves all the way from cloudy, rainy Washington.