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Old 08-06-2007, 02:10 AM   #1
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Is there a recipe out there for hard lemonade. I mean, I know I can just pour Citron in Country Time but I was just wonderin if any body has brewed anything like this?

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Don't do it.


Want more info? Try the search function. This topic only comes up about twice a week in the summertime...

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It seems no one can make a decent hard lemonade. I would however recommend trying Edwort's Apfelwein (Apple Cider/Apple Wine)....great panty remover

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Give it up, our result was basically alcohol and lemon juice... Only thing it was good for was marinading meat, and drain cleaner...

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Actually, I've made a very good hard lemonade. It takes some real "babying" to get the yeast going. I'll see if I can dig up that thread. It's from about a year ago.

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Here's the basic recipe:

This recipe yields 3 gallons of Hard Lemonade

7 cans of lemonade concentrate
Sugar to an SG of 1.100 (1.5 pounds per gallon, more or less- see below)
water to 3 gallons
3 tsp yeast nutrient
3 tsp yeast energizer
3 crushed Campden tablets or 1/2 tsp K-meta

Yeast: either cotes de blanc or Lalvin 72B-1122

Make a yeast starter with a little warm water and the yeast and a pinch of energizer and nutrient. Mix up the must without all of the lemonade (use half at first)- and then add a little of the must at a time to the yeast starter. When it is going well, then add the rest of the thawed lemonade to the must and gradually add it to the yeast starter. Stir often, aerating well. Keep in primary loosely covered until it reaches about 1.040 or less.
Then rack to secondary and airlock. When finished, rack and bottle. If sweetening, rack, stabilize, wait one week to ensure fermentation has finished, and then sweeten.

Sugar for the must ended up being about 1.5# per gallon.

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Actually, I've made a very good hard lemonade. It takes some real "babying" to get the yeast going. I'll see if I can dig up that thread. It's from about a year ago.
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I saw your thread but had one question. In your recipe you used 1.5 lbs of sugar per gallon. Thats 7.5 lbs per 5. And you said it was bitter. Was I reading it correctly?

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Bitter? I don't remember that. Tart, definitely! It finished around .990 and I didn't sweeten it. I really liked it, though!

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i add about 1 cup of lactose to mine at bottling to reduce the tartness.

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I've seen recipes for Hard Lemonade that had Extra light DME replacing part of the sugar/all of the sugar.

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I've seen recipes for Hard Lemonade that had Extra light DME replacing part of the sugar/all of the sugar.
I see you have a Hard Lemonade in the primary. What recipe did you use?
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