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Old 08-06-2012, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default Best easy hard lemonade recipe?

Just finished my first batch of cider, with much help from the forums . I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of a good hard lemonade recipe. This seems to be the most popular: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/good-hard-lemonade-27966/

but it doesn't give much detail for a beginner. In his recipe does he mean just table sugar or corn sugar? Any champagne yeast? I have some red star pasteur Champagne yeast that I am trying to use. Will that suffice? Can I do this in my carboy even though it wont fill it up very much? Or would it be easier to do in a bucket? If using a bucket can I just place the lid over it gently or a cloth instead of airlock? Thanks.

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Old 08-06-2012, 02:43 AM   #2
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I made Yooper's lemonade a while back. She has step-by-step instructions and it turned out awesome!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f79/hard-lemonade-68144/

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I take 2 bottles simply lemonade and add 2 cups of regular white sugar and one packet of lavlin 1118 yeast. Takes about 3-4 weeks in a 1 gallon jug.

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Isnt skeeter pee basically hard lemonade? Seems to be pretty popular, never made it.

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I have made this and it is very good http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/light-lemonade-mead-128099/ I also have made a modified version 8 cans concetrate 4 pounds honey and 4 pounds sugar,topped off to make 6 gallons. Both recipes have been very good.

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Isnt skeeter pee basically hard lemonade? Seems to be pretty popular, never made it.
More like lemon wine actually. My blueberry skeeter pee is ready for bottling next weekend just a thought: Mikes Hard Lemonade and Smirnoff ruined the term "hard lemonade", at least for me.
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Thanks guys I might try yoopers then... Would it hurt to use the yeast mentioned above? Also, do I need yeast nutrient and energizer? Don't have any atm and want to do something with the extra champagne yeast I have. Thanks.

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Also, can I use a bucket or should I use a carboy?

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Thanks guys I might try yoopers then... Would it hurt to use the yeast mentioned above? Also, do I need yeast nutrient and energizer? Don't have any atm and want to do something with the extra champagne yeast I have. Thanks.
Boil some bread yeast and throw in. You can ferment in anything you like the yeast don't care.
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yea you gotta put something in it as far as nutrient and energizer. The acid stresses the crap out of the yeast... gotta give them a little help

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