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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Yeastie Boys & The Dreaded CiderGate



After Carly's excellent post the boys are back in town and today we're rising to the occasion, it's the yeast we could do!


OK no more yeast puns I promise!

So this week by chance we've been doing all things yeast related. We've actually searched high and low for yeast and nowhere withing an hours drive seems to sell it, luckily we have a box of yeast that we bought with us from the UK so hopefully we'll find a stockist before we run out


I've been making bread in the machine as it's much nicer than the loaves they sell out here, which are very small and laden with preservatives.

I've been mostly baking plain white bread but decided to try out this recipe for an enriched white loaf so we could try something a bit nicer


I set the machine to the darkest crust setting to see how it would come out and the result was a delicious loaf with a great crust, light texture and definite brioche-y taste 





We also made up a 40 pint batch of "Mexican Style Cervesa" from a wilkos kit that we brought with us that should be ready soon



Then we turned our attention to the most important thing of all, a situation so dire that we have had to have emergency crisis talks on the topic, which has become known as...

...CIDERGATE

You see the thing is, people in the South of Spain don't really have any interest in cider. You can get cans of strongbow from certain shops but they are almost 2 euros per can! They do sell the Spanish Sidra if you're unlucky enough to find a place that stocks it, which is sickly sweet and barely drinkable as it is made with local crab apples and then artificially sweetened afterwards.

 The reason they suck at making cider here is that after the Spanish Civil War production and consumption of cider was prohibited by Franco (a real dick by all accounts) and so apple orchards were abandoned as people looked for industrial work, which left the country at a bit of a disadvantage when it finally became legal to produce cider.

In light of this, we decided to revisit my Easy Peasy Homebrew Cider recipe and make some hard cider. Since my old supplier refused to ship to Spain for me I had to search for a new cider yeast supplier and stumbled across the Crossmyloof Brewery which have amazing customer service and shipped internationally for such a cheap price I feel that I have robbed them. They arrived this morning so we decided to get our homebrew rolling


and since things never go quite to plan for us we had to do a bit of tinkering. I can't seem to find the balloons that I usually use as airlocks for my brewing and couldn't be bothered to drive for 30 mins juts to buy a pack of balloons, so with a few minutes of DIY we managed to adapt the lid so that my mead making airlock would fit into it






So 8 litres of apple juice later..


and a dash of scotch in the airlock to keep it sterile


...and Bob's your uncle, within the next few weeks we'll have 8L of hard cider to get stuck in to, thus ending the dreaded Cidergate, for a little while at least

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  1. great stuff, its surprising how you adapt and change your thinking when going to the shops can be a pain, make do and mend will feature more in your lifestyle change. :-)

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    1. make it do or do without is certainly becoming a motto around here lol

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  2. Growing up in Somerset, l can see your need for a good glass of cider.

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    1. There's not many things I insist on but an ice cold glass of a good drop of cider is exactly what the doctor ordered after a long day, I don't drink much but when I do I can't handle the dishwater they serve over here lol

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  3. Can NEVER go wrong with homemade bread, mone is proving just now and fabulous work on the cider.

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    1. the only downside is that it doesn't keep as long, but with all the mouths to feed around here we never have to worry about it going stale!

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  4. I am thinking of trying a sour dough starter again. THen I never have to buy yeast again. I found a blog ages ago called Joy the baker. I think I will follow her instructions. We are brewing some merlot in the garage, it will have to come in as it is now too cold here. They are peoples christmas gifts.

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    1. giving home brew as a gift is a great idea, something totally unique that you put thought and effort in to will always trump things that are found on the shelves

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  5. That's what is so nice about living NOW--anything can be found on the internet. I'm sure you can get regular yeast there as well.
    Happy Brewing!

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    1. I've found a place to get yeast now but they do a few different types so I'll have a play around and experiment to find which one suits our needs, looking forward to all the baking I have planned

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  6. A wee wodge of cotton wool works very well in place of any airlock; indeed I've had better results here with cotton wool than using the airlocks, so shall stick with that. Off to have a look at the cider yeast site :)

    Busty
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    1. Now that is a great idea, Hadn't thought of that. in the absence of balloons I very nearly used a condom as an airlock! I reckon our followers would all die laughing at the photos of that homebrew, I'd have to call it "Dickens Cider"

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  7. i make legendarily bad homebrew , tastes alright to me . But we did have a strange batch that caused a friend who has been wheelchair bound for years to have an erection for the first time in 10 years , which he proceeded to show everyone proudly and then a few more gentleman admitted it also did the same for them . We have never managed to replicate that cider otherwise we would be rich ...lol

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    1. What? I nearly just wet myself reading this coment. now i have to go look at this persons blog. what a doozy of a comment

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    2. Great comment! Viagra cider. Sound's like a good way to spend a quite evening!

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    3. You officially win the award for the most weird and wonderful comment the FAST blog has ever had! had me in stitches!

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  8. I used to brew loads of stuff but haven't for years now, I really should try again as some of it was almost nice!

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    1. Ciders are easy to make and even easier to drink! I'll send you a sachet of cider yeast if you fancy giving it a go mate

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