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Old 07-16-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default I want to make Raspberry Cider.

I'm new to homebrewing, just started my third batch - five one gallon carboys using a Youngs Brew Buddy Cider kit.

Instead of using the yeast and yeast nutrient that comes in the kit, i have used some Vin Classe wine yeast i got a few months back before i found the youngs kits in my local Wilkinsons store.

Ive pitched my yeast and yeast nutrient and am using a blow of tube set up from all five carboys as I've found this yeast to be very active for the initial fermentation period.

I would like to add a different flavour to my cider as the previous batch i made tasted like a Sainsburys Basics cider ( which was pleasant enough but not what im after this time ). Ive read on a few other forums that i could add fruit puree so i have purchased some raspberry puree.

my question is how much do i need to add to each carboy to give a nice raspberry taste and aroma?

Also should i add during primary or at bottling?

previously i have racked straight from primary to the bottling bucket and then carbed and aged in the bottles, i dont want to add the puree at bottling and in turn make a load of bombs!?!

Im taking this batch with me to this years Reading Music festival and don't want them exploding in my car.

Sorry if this question has been posted before, i couldnt find the answer i needed.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-16-2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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The raspberry ciders I've made were 1# per gallon of cider gives good raspberry flavor still having trouble with bottle best success is pasteurizing after crabbing up enough.

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Old 07-17-2012, 02:06 AM   #3
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I used 12 oz per gal both raspberry and blackberry. I got a kinda bitter taste and not so much berry flavor. Letting it sit a while now, see if it improves.

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What exactly comes in a cider kit other than yeast? Some apple concentrate specifically for cider?

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Old 07-17-2012, 09:23 AM   #5
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Thanks guys - so im looking at about 24 oz per gallon? seems like alot to me.??

@JNEL73 what does a # constitute in weight or volume?

if i just stir in during primary after the initial fermentation process has seemed to die down do you think i will be ok?

@Fizzycist - Yeh you get exactly that - its just a concentrated syrup that you add a kilo of sugar to and then dilute up to 40 pints. I think next time ill just go with one of the recipes on here.

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Just started two 1 gal. batches. One with strawberries and the other with sliced peaches. 12 oz. of frozen fruit added to the apple juice and sugar. I have not added the yeast starter yet in this pic:

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