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Old 09-15-2008, 08:39 PM   #1
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I made a lemon/lime malted hard lemonade thingy awhile back and it is FAR too acidic. Any suggestions for reducing it to a drinkable level.

I don't think backsweetening is a real option as it would only mask the acid and I predict this would shred your stomach like you just swallowed a cat with razors for claws...

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Old 09-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #2
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how about the use of an edible base...

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Have you ever used sweet lemons? Citrus limetta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I know that lemon acid is mostly citric acid, but if some of it is malic acid, then using lalvin 1122 yeast metabolizes some of it, leading to a less acidic product, I have used this with great sucess on a pineapple wine.

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I would just use less lemon juice and more lemon zest. The juice has very little lemon flavor anyway mostly just citric acid, while the zest (yellow outer part of the rind) is very lemony flavored.

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+1 on using the zest for flavor.
you can in theory use the juice and add something like Chalk (CaCO3) to neutralize some of the citric acid but the amount of chalk necessary to do that would leave too much calcium in the must and result in a chalky tasting drink.

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I would just use less lemon juice and more lemon zest. The juice has very little lemon flavor anyway mostly just citric acid, while the zest (yellow outer part of the rind) is very lemony flavored.
+1 It's a whole other subject, but that's how limoncello is made. Take the zest off a bunch of lemons, soak them in everclear and then dilute and add sugar. Tasty stuff!
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what was your recipe? I made a 1 gallon batch of hard lemonade with malt using 2 cans lemonade concentrate. It tasted very acidic when I sampled after fermenting was done. But I sweetened it and let it sit 2-3 weeks and that made alot of difference. I loved it.

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I'll try look it up. It had lots of lemon juice and lots lime juice, the zest of both, sugar and DME. It is very acidic. It was an experiment anyway but I'd like to try save it...

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I'll try look it up. It had lots of lemon juice and lots lime juice, the zest of both, sugar and DME. It is very acidic. It was an experiment anyway but I'd like to try save it...
Well, could you pull out a sample and sweeten it with some honey or sugar and see if it's better? Trust me, I know it's acidic, but sweetened to 1.010 or so might make all the difference!
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It wouldn't be just what you were going for, but it might be good mixed with iced tea, or sprite, or some sort of lemon sangria, like with a bit of brandy, white wine, and sliced peaches, strawberries, oranges, whatever fruit is in season, and club soda if you like. Very refreshing in the heat, and it will knock you on your ass.. brandy + fruit = smooth.

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