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Old 04-07-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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I got a small 2 gallon bucket sitting around unused and was thinking about making something in it. Nothing extravagant or complicated, something quick and cheap. Like throw a couple pounds of blackberries and a bottle of juice together or something like that. Anybody got any ideas or recipes they have made using store bought juice (non grape)?

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Old 04-07-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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WINE COOLERS

Hit up your local supermarket, get white cane sugar (if you don't have some) and hit the frozen juice concentrates aisle. Most of those canned concentrates that I've seen don't have preservatives in them because nothing grows in frozen stuff

Get enough cans to make a somewhat strong batch going - often the directions are something like add (355ml) can and 3.5 cans full of water, so you'll need 3 to make a little over 4L - buff with sugar to hit desired ABV and still be plenty sweet. If you're using a yeast with nuts enough to eat all the sugar, keep an eye on it and crash when appropriate.

I've got a batch of fruit punch going.. if it works out I have lemonade and limeade to mix up. My brother's done it with grape juice and his current experiment is blueberry pomegranate.

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Old 05-05-2012, 12:00 AM   #3
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I have decided to make a batch using some frozen concentrates. Is there any major preservative I need to look out for (the only one I really know of is sorbic acid) that might actually be in frozen concetrate?

Also I plan to make a hard strawberry lemonade flavor, probably using two cans of strawberry and two cans of lemonade. Now I know lemonade can sometimes be hard to get going because of the acid content, so should I start the batch with only the starwberry then add the lemonade after fermentation has really started goin?

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Old 05-05-2012, 03:34 AM   #4
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I did a strawberry lemonade that turned out fantastic...

I used two cans of lemonade and one can of strawberry daiquiri mix for one gallon. It turned out kind of tart, so be sure to backsweeten with more strawberry. Also, yes using straight cans of lemonade can be hard to get going. Mine still hasnt after a few days.. (fingers crossed)

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Old 05-05-2012, 05:59 PM   #5
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Longneck- Recipe, PLEASE. That's exactly what I'm going after next.

Bill - I hadn't heard of sorbic acid but you're right. Beyond that, maybe sodium benzoate - s'what goes in shelf-stable beverages.

With regard to lemon concentrates, I think you've hit the nail on the head. If you look at the skeeterpee recipe, the guy has mathed out the alcohol he wants and starts his yeast on just a little bit of lemon juice and sugar, adding more when his yeast is really rolling.

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2 cans generic lemonade
1 can generic daiquiri mix (strawberry)
2 cups sugar
water to a gallon.

starter
1 tsp champagne yeast
1 tsp yeast nutrient
1 cup apple juice
2 tsp must

OG:1.07
FG: .99

I let it ferment dry, racked onto sorbate and campden. Added two more cups of sugar. Sat until clear then bottled in flip top bottles.

I think the total cost was under $6 minus carboy etc.

It didnt last very long after that

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Old 05-05-2012, 08:50 PM   #7
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There are a few beers that are pretty easy to do. Here is an easy one for a Scottish Ale.

7 lbs. 2 row pale malt
1/2 oz. hops (5% aa)
1 1/2 lb. crustal malt (60-100L)
1 tsp. gypsum in mash water
Scottish Ale liquid yeast

Bohl wort for on hour with hops added at the start of the boil. Ferment for 7-10 days. Bottle. Enjoy.

Very malty, rich, and one of the easiest recipes for beginners.

Enjoy!

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Old 05-06-2012, 03:29 PM   #8
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1 gallon old orchard apple juice
1 gallon old orchard pomegranate blue berry
1/2 pound on honey
I use champagne yeast...

I ferment for about two weeks. Then rack until all the lees is fallen. I love this stuff I make it 5 gallons at a time.

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Well I started it tonight. This is whay I used

2 cans frozen concentrate - Kroger brand wildberry flavored
2 cans frozen concentrate - Kroger brand Lemonade flavored
2 cups of dextrose
1 packet of champaigne yeast (forget what brand)
(I already had the dextrose and yest so the juice cost me about $5)


I added the two cans of wildberry along with water, the sugar, and the yeast to my bucket. Once it gets fermenting I will add the lemonde to it. Starting gravity was 1.030.
Guess we will have to wait a few weeks to see how this turns out.

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Good luck, I've also recently had excellent results from canned orange juice YUM! 1.54 a can

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