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Old 08-08-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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Default Homebrewed Cider & Black

Recently I have been craving a cider and black but none of the pubs here in the states serve them, let alone know what one is. I got to thinking about what it might be like to mix some cider and black currant extract before fermentation at the 1 shot to 1 pint ratio. Has anyone tried this?
I realize it would be easier to just add some black currant syrup to my finished cider but I'm looking for a new brewing experiment anyway.

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Old 08-08-2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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if you can get hold of Lowicz Blackcurrant Syrup (440ml) thats great to use..


4 liters apple juice
one bottle of Lowicz Blackcurrant Syrup.
1tsp tannin (or very very strong tea)
pectin enzyme
yeast nutrient
yeast

makes a perfect cider and black for me, i generally use about 3.5l of apple though and 1 and half bottles of the syrup for more flavor!

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:02 PM   #3
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if you can get hold of Lowicz Blackcurrant Syrup (440ml) thats great to use..


4 liters apple juice
one bottle of Lowicz Blackcurrant Syrup.
1tsp tannin (or very very strong tea)
pectin enzyme
yeast nutrient
yeast

makes a perfect cider and black for me, i generally use about 3.5l of apple though and 1 and half bottles of the syrup for more flavor!
Awesome. Thanks for the suggestion. Do you stop the fermentation early so that it doesn't come out too dry?
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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if you can get hold of Lowicz Blackcurrant Syrup (440ml) thats great to use.
Looks like a Polish product distributed mostly in the UK. Most places seem to be out of stock, looking for a USA dealer.

The recipe looks great and easy to do, I think Nottingham would be a great yeast choice for this one.
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Looks like a Polish product distributed mostly in the UK. Most places seem to be out of stock, looking for a USA dealer.

The recipe looks great and easy to do, I think Nottingham would be a great yeast choice for this one.
Available at most Polish import stores or Polish deli's.
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