After a false start and several months of fermentation, we finally bottled the Trader Joe’s cyser (using clover honey and Nottingham ale yeast) this past Saturday. We got five bottles out of it.
Normally we get six bottles out of a gallon jug, but we lost a little juice to this foggy bottom which showed up during secondary fermentation.
I wonder if this was caused by the Trader Joe’s honey? The honey I’ve used before didn’t turn into a gloppy (another pro term) mess like this. It may be in the way they treated their honey. Next time, and there will be a next cyser, I’ll use raw honey.
During my rambles through various cider and homebrew sites, I came across several recommendations for bottling wands. For $2.50 I figured it was worth a try. It doesn’t require any special equipment. You just attach it to the end of your siphon hose, put the spring loaded tip into the bottle, and press it down. The valve opens and fills the bottle.
The bottling wand made bottling everything much easier, faster, and cleaner. Which is great. However, they also make bottling with a siphon a two-person job – one to pump the siphon and one to press down the wand to allow the cider to flow. This isn’t a drawback, just a fact.