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Old 01-04-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default Cider not bitter enough - What should I add to it?

Hi all.

I fermented some store-bought apple juice, and it came out not bitter enough. A high level of sourness, but no bitterness to speak of. I added some Angostura bitters to a glass of it which improved the flavor quite a bit. But it tastes wrong. Somewhat medicinal. I was thinking of adding hops, but I am by far not a fan of hopped cider. What type of bitters should I add to it?

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Old 01-04-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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I've seen recipes including black tea, which would add some bitterness. Whatever you do, I think you're on the right track doing a test sample first.

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Old 01-04-2011, 06:35 PM   #3
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one word 'tannin'

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Old 01-06-2011, 10:43 AM   #4
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can you add tannin at the end of fermentation? end of secondary?

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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Add a few days prior to bottling, be sure to do a bench trial(s) so you don't take it too far.

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Old 01-06-2011, 08:30 PM   #6
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Its probably not much help at this stage but crab apple juice is a good way to add tannin. You can test for tannin by biting into the crab, if it leaves your mouth feeling furry it has tannin. Let the crab apples ripen like ordinary apples and a little of the juice can add a lot of interest to cider. Some wildling apples also have tannin.

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