I wanted to make scrumpy, which I *think* is made from apples crushed with water as opposed to cider which is made from freshly squeezed apple juice. I went to the lovely local library and found BREWING: A step-by-ste guide to making beer, wine and cider by Jack thompson. I then followed the recipe for “Scrumpy Cider”. Well, I say followed, but as usual my impatience got the better of me. It says “roughly chop the apples” then cover with lots of boiling water, then “crush every few days”. I did this but nothing happened for 5 days. I imagined that the yeast had been fried. Maybe I should have let the water cool down.
Anyhow, I came home 5 days after it started to find still no action at all. I blitzed the apples with a hand held food mixer and shoved in some bakers’ yeast. Apparently some recipes have raw meat, but I didn’t fancy that. It got going right away and five more days later it looks more interesting.
The next step is in a few days when I mix it with other ingredients.