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Old 01-05-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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Hi

I'm fairly new to brewing and I wanted to ask if anyone had any adjustments to improve the Brigalow Apple Cider kit?

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Old 01-08-2013, 01:02 AM   #2
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Never heard of it. What's the problem? Too dry? Too sweet? More information will produce more answers.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:17 PM   #3
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Hi mate

I find the kit produces a cider that's a little bland. It would be good to make it a bit drier. I don't really know where to start to do that. ;-)

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Old 01-09-2013, 05:04 AM   #4
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Can you post a bit more about the kit? What were the ingredients you used?

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:08 AM   #5
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Drop the kit get some good apple juice (or blend of juices) Nottingham ale yeast. nutrient. 1 cup Brown sugar. 1 clove 1/4 lemon... juiced of coarse ...sg 1.060 ferment 7 days. Fg 1.010 cold crash ....rack add priming sugar to .03-.04 bottle let set a few days to Carb. Pasteurize let set 1-2 months then have a party serve cold and bubbly. Just my 2 cents

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:27 AM   #6
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I'm not familiar with that particular kit, but you probably couldn't go wrong with adding a little frozen apple juice concentrate to it. That should give you a little more apple flavor in the end product. It will also give the yeast a little more fermentable sugar. What size batch does this kit make?

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:56 AM   #7
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I believe Brigalow is a super cheap Australian kit (for those who don't know). So he probably won't have access to apple concentrate.

I've hear of people mixing it as normal but substituting some of the water for apple juice.

I've never used a brigalow kit before but I've heard it isn't a good one (just for later reference). It's a shame it is the only one that is so readily available outside of homebrew stores.

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I believe Brigalow is a super cheap Australian kit (for those who don't know). So he probably won't have access to apple concentrate.

I've hear of people mixing it as normal but substituting some of the water for apple juice.

I've never used a brigalow kit before but I've heard it isn't a good one (just for later reference). It's a shame it is the only one that is so readily available outside of homebrew stores.
There is also Mangrove Jack brand in Australia of which there is an apple and a pear kit. I have only tried pear, a little artificial tasting for my liking. Tried once and no more kit ciders for me.

I have made my own concentrate by reducing store bought juice to 1/6 of original volume, works OK so far.
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There is also Mangrove Jack brand in Australia of which there is an apple and a pear kit. I have only tried pear, a little artificial tasting for my liking. Tried once and no more kit ciders for me.

I have made my own concentrate by reducing store bought juice to 1/6 of original volume, works OK so far.
I tried the apple one that someone else made. It was pretty good.
It does cost a lot more than brigalow, but the quality difference will be noticeable. I think I saw mangrove jacks at around $40ish at some local stores.
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I tried the apple one that someone else made. It was pretty good.
It does cost a lot more than brigalow, but the quality difference will be noticeable. I think I saw mangrove jacks at around $40ish at some local stores.
Yeah $40 is about the going rate. Can get 24L of Berri juice for about $25-30 when on sale so I usually go with that!!!
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