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Old 06-28-2012, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default Blueberry Cider and Cranberry Cider

I'm aiming to make some simple, tart, bubbly blueberry cider and cranberry cider, now that summer is definitely here.

Check these beauties out:






Both have OG of 1.040, with colors that demand clear bottles, once they're done fermenting.

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Old 06-28-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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Damn! You must really like Tabasco sauce

Your ciders sounds like the perfect cold summer drink. Not to alcoholic, lightly fruity, & tart. Simple recipes are the best.

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Old 06-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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Do you mean to flavor apple juice with them or make 100% from the fruit juice? I flavored 5 gallons of cider with a big bag of Craisin's I chopped up and it's my best product yet.

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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I have found that using Old orchard juice blends with apple juice highly ups the FG of my ciders. Half straight apple juice and half apple-____________ (cranberry, blueberry-pomegranate) blend has given me 1.008 finishing gravities when adding 2 lbs sugar and some concentrate. Maybe the craisins also add some tanins, like adding raisins supposedly do.

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I just want a Tabasco jug like that. Good luck with the cider!

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Let us know how it goes. I made a batch using one quarter northland pomegranate-cranberry. it turned out excellent

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I threw a small handful of dried cranberries in a one gallon test batch, fermented to dry them primed with 1/4 cup sugar.

In lieu of the right balance of dessert, bittersweet, bittersharp and sharp apples, I think cranberries are the answer since they contain quinic acid, which is tannic, malic acid and citric acid,

However, it would be too easy to over-do cranberries in cider to change the character of it that it would make it something other than a "traditional English cider" which I was trying to imitate.

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Do you mean to flavor apple juice with them or make 100% from the fruit juice?
I used 32 ounces of berry juice (blueberry in one, cranberry in the other), and the remainder (about 93 ounces, with some room at the top--these are both gallon jugs) was apple juice.

I'll definitely have to try the chopped up Craisin's approach--sounds interesting! A comparison between that and this batch would definitely be worthwhile. I might do the same with dried blueberries vs. blueberry juice.
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I'm aiming to make some simple, tart, bubbly blueberry cider and cranberry cider, now that summer is definitely here.

Check these beauties out:

Both have OG of 1.040, with colors that demand clear bottles, once they're done fermenting.
What size rubber stopper fits those jugs?
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