It’s been a whole twelve days since we started the yeast a-going in the first ever batch of Snapstag Cider. Yesterday I racked it, taking it from the fermenting jug and siphoning just the drink part out into a new container so it doesn’t taste yeasty when it cures. At this point it’s entirely drinkable, but if you leave it there will be some mellowing over time.
Normally a very patient person, I threw that aside and bottled one for myself. Note: for the brewers who actually know what they’re doing, I’m not bottling anything else in twist caps – this is just for me and I’m aware it’s bad practice. I just wanted a temporary vessel to keep in the fridge for a while. The cap itself was dipped in my new favorite Zissou Blue (which we just watched again the other night – a brilliant, brilliant film) and stamped in basically the same treatment as the hatchet.
It should also be said at this point that I am a completely unprepared taste tester of alcoholic beverages. I’m young and haven’t really developed that palate yet. So please bear with my utter naivete as I try to review this drink.
I’m not sure if it’s bias because I know exactly what went into it to begin with, but I do think the result is more ale tasting than commercial ciders tend to be. We used Nottingham Ale Yeast under recommendation and while it’s not bad by any means, it’s just more reminiscent of a pale beer than a true cider. Perhaps if one had mixed Strongbow with Corona or Trad Ale in a 3:1 ratio.
But it’s good, overall. I mean, I had no expectation for the first batch – honestly, I was half sure it would be an undrinkable mess that would end up down the drain – but it turned out surprisingly well. If this was a drink in the bar I think I’d order it again, for whatever that’s worth. The light beer hues make it pretty perfect for sitting on the patio in the sunset with good friends and a juicy burger / onion rings. Strongbow the exception, I don’t find many ciders are good with food; so that’s one advantage to mine, I guess.
So, considering this is the “harsh state” just after racking I’m pretty pleased so far. I’m excited to wait a few weeks and try tasting again. In the meantime we’ll probably get one or two more brewing with some slightly changed variables and see how they compare. I have no idea what we’ll do with it all, haha. We’re makers, not consumers.