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Old 01-28-2012, 02:21 AM   #1
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I saw a post in the Mead forum about doing a February 29th session and then keeping it until the next February 29th. I think this could be interesting as a group to do a specialty cider and then depending on who is still around compare notes on how theirs turned out in 4 years.

I'd like to do something off the wall and experimental and not a generic juice from apples, sugar (needing to be 10%+ for storage) and yeast concoction. Something with a flavor that isn't common as a leap year only happens every 4 years.

This is the Chinese year of the Dragon so maybe something with a little fire or heat?

Just kind of throwing it out there as I think it'd be a cool idea and we have about a month to figure out a recipe.

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Old 01-28-2012, 03:32 AM   #2
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Well, I'm getting ready to start a 1 gallon ginger cider tomorrow, but I'm not waiting 4 years to try it!

I have been thinking that I'd like to try a Guanabana Cider...but there's no fire in it.

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there's not a lot of interesting fruit ripe that time of year in these parts... maybe a rainwater and depression cyser??

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This is the Chinese year of the Dragon so maybe something with a little fire or heat?
Perhaps Dragon Fruit?

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Perhaps Dragon Fruit?
those things are so impressive looking but from my (albeit limited) experience they don't taste like much. maybe the lose flavor when shipped halfway around the globe...?
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It may be difficult to make a cider that will age well for four years.

Something high alcohol will probably last, but it may lose its apple flavor.

I'm thinking of making a Carmel Cider by boiling 1 gallon down to a carmelized syrup then adding 1 gallon of cider to bring it back up to volume.

Not sure the aging potential of that though.

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Dragon fruit would be kind of cool, but very hard to find (at least in my part of the world) and I am guessing expensive to get enough to flavor properly as my experience is limited as well...

I was thinking more of a spiced / spicy recipe as fresh fruit is hard to get here as well.

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