Graff

G raff is a yummy hard cider-ish drink. The name comes from Stephen King’s Dark Tower novel series. They talk about a drink that is appley but beery too. I found the recipe on homebrewtalk.com, tried it once, and here I am making it again. It has more body and flavor than apfelwein though the two are similar. Here are the ingredients:

  • 0.5# Crystal Malt (60L)
  • 1.0 oz Torrified Wheat
  • 4 Gallons of apple juice, ascorbic acid is ok as a preservative
  • 1 Gallon water
  • 1# amber dme
  • 1# light dme
  • 0.5 oz ~6% alpha hops

Steep the grains in 0.75 gallons of water @ 155F for 30 minutes. Sparge with 0.25 gallons of water @170F.


Stir in the dme and bring to a boil. Boil for 30 minutes with the hops in.

After you cool it all down in the sink with ice water, put it in the fermenter. I pour half of a apple juice jug in then shake the remaining juice up as much as I can to aerate it. OG for this batch was 1.064


After pitching rehydrated S-05 yeast in, it goes into a water bath in the basement. That’s an aquarium heater in there and a blowoff because graff is pretty vigorous.

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