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Old 02-16-2010, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default Agave Nectar for Apfelwein.

Has anyone used agave nectar instead of dextrose for their apfelwein? Is it possible?

I was thinking about making a variation using apple juice, pomegranate juice and agave nectar.

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Old 02-17-2010, 05:15 AM   #2
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no but i was wondering the same so if you try it be sure to tell us how it is!

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Old 02-17-2010, 02:37 PM   #3
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You might want to bear the following in mind if using Agave for any health reasons:

http://www.thatsfit.com/2010/02/15/d...he-agave-myth/

Although health is the last thing to think about with regards to Apfelwine!

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Old 02-17-2010, 02:39 PM   #4
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I have not tried it but agave nectar is fermentable so yes, it is possible.

Check the ingredients on the agave nectar though, some brands seem to have additional ingredients or sweetners.

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Old 02-17-2010, 10:08 PM   #5
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would you use about the same amount of agave nectar as corn sugar - say the recipe called for 16oz of corn sugar would you roughly use the same amount of agave - or is agave more concentrated? thanks

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I've used agave prior to fermenting on a couple batches. I didnt like it very much. It seems to be less fermentable than the apple sugar and the end result tasted like alcoholic and thin tasting agave juice. Not really bad, but not what I was looking for.

After the ferment, agave can be useful as a backsweetener. It doesnt have as much body as cane and corn sugar, just a sweet burst that dies quickly. So if you have a cider that is a little sour up front with a decent fruit finish, the agave can help the initial attack of the taste without stomping on the finish like sugar or juice sometimes does.

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I did a 1 gallon cider with approx. 4 oz of Agave Nectar*. After 2 months in primary I bottled and tasted it. There wasn’t much apple flavor; instead it tasted mostly like Aloe Vera which wasn’t very pleasant. I know I added some brown sugar but can’t find my notes so don’t remember how much. I do know the Agave Cider was a creeper; up to a liter all was fine, one sip after and ka-boom! I would be surprised if a longer aging would mellow the Aloe taste.

*The Agave Nectar was Madhava, a pure-organic, raw type; 100% Pure Agave Nectar from Agave Salmiana.

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