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My personal (but public) notes about my homebrewing, knitting and other random stuff

Sunday, January 02, 2005

The art of scrumpy

Amongst the many goodies Father Christmas brought me this year was a small bottle of Cornish scrumpy with the funky name of Legless but Smiling. I drank it last night and, although the 250ml I had wasn't enough to make me live up to the first half of the name, I enjoyed it very much. It certainly was scrumpy, absolutely flat with a slightly sour undertone.

I'm under the impression that the cider recipe I use is supposed to give scrumpy, but my first batch came out surprisingly sweet. In retrospect that could be because (I'm fairly sure) I primed the bottles with sugar, which isn't in the recipe - it only calls for 1lb/gallon when you first put it into demijohns. The trouble is I'd just been bottling beer a few days previously so I automatically added a spoonful or so to each bottle. It remains to be seen how my two later batches will turn out, as they aren't ready to open yet.

That reminds me, I need to go and stir my spider (cider/perry) as I haven't yet looked at it today (I have given my red wine a few shakes though).....
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