I’ve only made one batch of hard cider so I’m about as newbie as it comes here. The results were not good but I know what I did wrong. Anyway, I searched the site and couldn’t find any info on my idea and would like some feedback on how this might (or might not) work. I want to make a caramel apple cider using steeping grains. The batch size would be 2-2.5 gallons (using an old Mr. Beer fermenter).
Here’s what I was thinking:
Heat about 1.75-2 gallons of water to ~170*
Add 1.5-2 pounds of crystal malt (C40 &/or C60) for the caramel flavor
Add some honey malt (not sure how much) for some extra sweetness since most of the sugars from the apple concentrate will ferment out.
Steep for 20-30 minutes, remove grains and add as many cans of frozen apple juice concentrate that I need to get to ~1.060-70ish and 2.5 gallons volume (and bring the temp down).
Pour into Mr Beer barrel & ferment with some muntons when it gets to pitching temp
Would this work (well)?