Every year I make a six pack that I hand out to my friends and coworkers. I’ve made them IPAs, pale ales, porters, stouts, and other typical beer styles. This year I wanted to mix things up. While doing some research on what to make for this year, I came across a recipe for graf. Graf is, in essence, a malty hard cider. Despite it being the #4 recipe of HomebrewTalk’s Top 100 there was very resources outside of HomebrewTalk. I decided to do two things: Make a graf and document it.
Brandon ‘O’s basic recipe seemed pretty straight forward: make a 1 gallon partial mash and boil it for 1/2 hour. After that add 4 gallons of apple juice. I made some minor modifications while staying true it:
- 1# Light DME
- 1# Amber DME
- 8 oz of Caramel 60L
- 1 oz of torrified wheat.
- 4 gallons of Kirkland Apple Juice (OG is 1.050)
1 gallon of water
.4 oz of cascade hops
1 pack of US-05
I was able to make this 5 gallon batch in just under 2 hours, which is lightning in the home-brew world. I was also able to do this inside the house too. That was due to the fact that my wife was at work AND I was only dealing with 1 gallon of wort. Here’s my process:
- Heat 1 gallon to 159 degrees.
- Add grain into bag (BIAB style) and stir grains.
- Confirm 155 degree mash, kill heat, and cover.
- During the 30 minute mash check temp every 5 minutes.
- If the temp gets too low turn heat back on. (In my case the temp dipped the last 25 minutes in)
- After 30 minutes pull the grains, add DME, and heat until boil.
- When boil starts: Toss in hops and start the timer for 30 minutes.
- At FO toss the hot wort into the sanitized fermentor. (Brandon mentions for a more clear graf to cool the wort down)
- Add 4 gallons of juice to fermentor, making sure to sanitize the caps first.
- Take a gravity reading (mine came in at 1.062).
- Confirm temp of wort is at pitching temp.
- Sprinkle on US05, cover the fermentor.
- After 30 minutes agitate wort and ferment as normal.
All in all, this was a easy and quick “brew” day. A lot of that had to do with the fact I was able to brew inside. As a matter of fact I was even able to make lunch for my kids while I was mashing in.
I want to give a thanks out to Northern Brewer for posting this video for addition help and inspiration.
Details on this brew:
OG: 1.061 @79 degrees
FG: 1.010 @68 degrees