Recipe: Referee Cider

A delicious medium-dry alternative to beer; fruity, aromatic and interesting.

Hi Homebrewers,

This is the last recipe in our series of Mayweather vs McGregor fight day recipes. Today’s recipe isn’t in honour of the fighters, but the guy that keeps things civil in the ring and keeps them from killing each other – the referee. During the bout he was the guy trying to stop McGregor from repeatedly punching Mayweather in the back of the head (I emphasise the trying part of that sentence).

So, in honour of the guys in black and white comes a refreshing and thirst-quenching black and white apple cider. The black in this case are blackberries giving a fruity tartness and the white being taken up by vanilla giving a great subtle warmness and aroma. For more of the methods on how to make and package cider, check out the previous post here.

Cider Profile

Batch volume: 16.7 L
OG: 1.054
FG: 1.014
ABV: 5.25%

Ingredients % of Fermentables
8 L UHT Apple and blackcurrant Juice 47.9%
8 L Fresh Cloudy Apple Juice 47.9%
700 ml Strong Black Tea 4.2%
15 ml Vanilla Essence <0.1%
1 Packet Safale – S-04


Brew a strong black tea and allow to cool. Use whichever tea you’d like or have on hand – I used a vanilla-flavoured black tea to up the layered flavours. Combine the juices, aerate and pitch the yeast. Ferment at 20ÂșC. If you are kegging, stop the fermentation or package at 1.014 for a medium-dry finish.

Carbonation and Storage

Carbonate to 2.6 volumes and if bottling store for at least 30 days prior to drinking.

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