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Old 08-26-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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So i went shopping today and was checking out some juice and getting ideas for my next cider. Here's what I found.

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Anyone ever done a grape juice cider? I might try that. $2.99 for 2 quarts

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Black cherry anyone? $2.99 for 1 quart, kinda pricey

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Agave...a sweetener alternative, use in place of honey or brown sugar.

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Some cider and some concentrate I was looking at. $3.69 for 2 quarts of the pressed cider, $1.69 for the concentrate.

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Old 08-27-2012, 04:03 AM   #2
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I did "wine" from grape juice concentrate. Tasted pretty good a few months ago but I still haven't bottled it. I use agave syrup on pancakes waffles and English muffins. I don't think you would get any flavor bonus over honey or cane sugar.

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Old 08-27-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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I did "wine" from grape juice concentrate. Tasted pretty good a few months ago but I still haven't bottled it. I use agave syrup on pancakes waffles and English muffins. I don't think you would get any flavor bonus over honey or cane sugar.
Nice, I'm going to try it out anyway with some small batches. I also had some ideas about an black cherry/pineapple cider in my head. What about a tropical punch cider???
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:04 PM   #4
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Nice, I'm going to try it out anyway with some small batches. I also had some ideas about an black cherry/pineapple cider in my head. What about a tropical punch cider???
Let us know how this went with the agave. I picked up some at Costco last week but haven't used it yet.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:17 AM   #5
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I definitely will.

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My local store has apple juice in the refrigerated section for a dollar for a 1.8 quart bottle. Trumps everything else that's available price wise. No preservatives. I haven't tasted it though, so I'm not sure how it would taste in a cider.

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Old 08-28-2012, 06:26 AM   #7
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I went blackberry picking a couple days ago, and came back with 20 lbs of berries for a wine, but where I hit the jackpot is that my friend and I found six trees full of plums at the back of his folks property, they didn't even know existed, they were falling off the tree ripe, we picked around 25-30 lbs in an hour, and that was only one tree! I'm going to do a plum wine naturally, but I'm thinking an apple plum cider has to be in the works, I'm thinking of juicing the plums and going half and half with plum and apple juice.

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:13 AM   #8
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I used agave once in a cider… for me it turned out tasting like aloe vera juice… not very pleasant. Curious how yours turns out

Plum cider sounds interesting!
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try a pineapple-maple cider, if you've ever grilled pineapple after coating in maple syrup, then basting it with the maple syrup as you grill, it gets so sticky and carmelizes, and you cant beat it, so why wouldnt it work in a nice cold drink?

cant beat that loving sweetness right from the tit of the big momma maple tree

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Yeah take the advise of C-Ville Kevin and use agave for back-sweetening only. Tastes weird as a fermented sugar.

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