Okay, I'm bottling my "good" cider tomorrow. I did a gravity check, and it was close to 1.000, which should make it a very dry cider. Just like with the previous batches I've made, at this stage, it has a pleasant apple aroma, but a harsh flavor (this one seems spicy and acidic, reflecting the apple varieties flavor). I'm thinking that this batch will turn out well once it settles and matures. I'm not even going to crack open a bottle until its aged 2 months.
The cider I made from mostly Tree Top brand juice has actually improved nicely after 2 months of bottle-aging. It still tastes kind of artificial though, which is appropriate, I guess.
For those of you who were not present in LOTRO when it occurred, my batch of Hefeweizen turned into a bit of a beer volcano.
I made it a bit too strong and filled the fermenter too full. (Yes, beer can be "too strong."
) There was foam and yeast byproduct (the dark heads) shooting into the airlock chamber and fizzing out the top of the airlock lid. I moved it into the bathtub in case it was going to blow out the whole airlock. Thankfully, it didn't blow its top and there was very little to clean up after. The force of the volcano seemed to expell or force to the side the dark yeast byproducts that some brewers skim from the top of the head during the initial fermentation. That should make the hefeweizen have a cleaner taste, so this may have all been for the best. I've already racked it into the secondary fermenter, so this should be about 3 weeks away from being ready to drink.
The slow maturation time of my previous two batches (and one of my current) led to my reserves running low (oh no!!!), so I need to pick a new beer for my next batch. Any suggestions? No? Looks like it'll be a porter then.