Originally Posted by kouphax
Am I right in assuming that another name for concentrate would be cordial? Assuming that the cordial is organic and doesn't contain preservatives can it be used? Someone somewhere mentioned you could use Ribena (I am a bit dubious about that though as as far as I know it will contain preservatives - maybe)?
The 'concentrates' (often frozen) that our US Friends use here aren't really available in the UK (and I assume Eire is the same).
Homebrew Shops carry some concentrates (elderflower/cherry/white grape etc) but usually as part of kits (which are often expensive as you may not want to use the packet of random yeast, finings etc that come with them that prop up the price).
As far as 'cordials' go you can use Ribena - I know people who have in the past (NEAT - no water
and IIRC with a little sugar to increase the SG) but they reported that the 'blackcurrant' notes disappear and it leads to a wine with little 'body'.