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Old 02-25-2011, 01:53 PM   #211
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Default 2 bottles lemon juice vs 3?

ok, so I am in my first batch of this, with my half gallon starter, and additions of back sweetening (juice concentrate) I come to about 5.5 gallons. 1 gallon of still with 1 can cranberry concentrate and 1/2 cup sugar, 4.5 gallons carbonated with 4 cans limeade concentrate and 2 cups sugar . The cranberry one is pretty good as is(a little tart and dry), but the lime one I think is to "sweet tart", a reel pucker upper. I don't know if it is a problem with the back sweetening or that it is just a lot of lemon juice to overcome. So my question is, has any one tried this with just 2 bottles of juice? If I were to try this I wonder if the must sugar would also have to be reduced because there would be less lemon to cover up the high alcohal content? Skeeter pee light? By the way, I had to many of these last night trying to figure things out. I'm a hurt'n unit today. 4:00 can't cme soon enough.

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Old 02-25-2011, 05:22 PM   #212
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Made it, tried it, hated it. I don't know where I went wrong (maybe in my lemon concentrate?) but it tasted like I was drinking puree lemon peel. I still have some lemon concentrate left so I'll try it again.
Lemon concentrate? The recipe calls for lemon juice, maybe this is where it went wonky?

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Old 02-25-2011, 05:26 PM   #213
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I think the backsweetening calls for sugar only - I think when you backsweetened with concentrate (lime), you magnified the tart.

My double batch is still bubbling away, so I can't comment on the flavor just yet. Can't wait till it chills out!

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Old 02-25-2011, 10:04 PM   #214
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Lemon concentrate? The recipe calls for lemon juice, maybe this is where it went wonky?

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I meant lemon juice, sorry! Although, it does taste like a concentrate... I dunno, I'm sure I'll be able to fiddle with the recipe for what I've got
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:11 PM   #215
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If it is too powerful. You can take a sample and water it down a bit and sweeten it.

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Old 02-26-2011, 01:15 AM   #216
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Making an apfelwein just so I have a yeast cake to use for this.

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Old 02-26-2011, 10:00 AM   #217
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Making an apfelwein just so I have a yeast cake to use for this.
Not trying to put you off making Apfelwein, but you can make this recipe with dried yeast...just FYI

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Old 02-26-2011, 11:40 AM   #218
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Not trying to put you off making Apfelwein, but you can make this recipe with dried yeast...just FYI

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Yeah but I want the apfelwein done first and then something thats ready fast.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:32 PM   #219
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Just wanted to give an update and some advice. I learned an important rule to brewing on my batch of skeeter pee. That rule is as follows, smell and taste ALL your ingredients (perhaps not the lemon juice concentrate). If any particular ingredient has an off odor or taste, do not use it. I used all natural dehydrated cane juice in my skeeter pee in place of white sugar. I figured this would be fine even though the smell of the sugar wasn't too pleasant. Well, when the brew finished can you guess what happened? Yup, it tasted a bit like, and definately smelled like a concentrated form of what the sugar smelled like (poop). I let this sit and sit, hoping it would fade out but it did not. Finally I racked it onto 20lbs of strawberries for a few days. Luckily that flavor and smell are now gone, replaced by a wonderful strawberry aroma and flavor. I feel extremely lucky with this one. Just wanted to share this and hopefully save someone else the headache.

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Old 03-01-2011, 04:52 AM   #220
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My black Raspberry pee knocks the socks off of any commercial hard lemonade. And me, for that matter. It goes down so easy I'm thinking of re-bottling to 12oz beer bottles, to help with portion control. Me and my room mates just can't (shouldn't) finish a liter in a night of casual drinking.

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