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Old 11-14-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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I made a pear cider from a kit that I followed to the letter. Cider has now cleared but on testing its dry and not sweet but dull. It smells right but taste is wrong how can I make my next one less dry and slightly sweeter?. On a totally different subject is it possible to make a apple cider with a toffee taste as well I'm asking because having seen commercial ciders which are toffee apple flavoured just would like to try.

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Old 11-15-2013, 12:16 AM   #2
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As to adding flavors I would suggest adding them after it has completely finished aging. I do not have experience doing this but I have thought about adding caramel to my cider before and this is what I thought might be best. Let me know how it turns out.

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Old 11-15-2013, 04:52 AM   #3
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I've been through this quite recently. I made a strawberry kit and it was dry. So decided to make turbo cider. Aslong as you use juice that has no preservatives to add to the cider. I've got apple & mango in the fridge. Let me know how you get on. Also wine sweetner is a must it's non fermenting sweetner works a treat

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Old 11-15-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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[QUOTE="tomplum"]I've been through this quite recently. I made a strawberry kit and it was dry. So decided to make turbo cider. Aslong as you use juice that has no preservatives to add to the cider. I've got apple & mango in the fridge. Let me know how you get on. Also wine sweetner is a must it's non fermenting sweetner works a treat[/QUOTE

Do you add this when you start the cider ie with the brewing sugar?

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Old 11-15-2013, 04:02 PM   #5
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hi. You add it once your ciders done and ready for either bottling or secondary. It's dry when complete the wine sweetner really brings it up nicely. So try a glass full first then add accordingly

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:58 PM   #6
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Ok will try thanks for the help

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Old 11-24-2013, 12:11 AM   #7
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I got some wine sweetener and added small amounts to my pear cider and all I can say is a big thanks for the advice. Such a small bottle has turned the dry cider into a fine tasting pear cider that is going to go down well when its matured.

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Old 11-24-2013, 01:29 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by nik77 View Post
is it possible to make a apple cider with a toffee taste as well I'm asking because having seen commercial ciders which are toffee apple flavoured just would like to try.
You might find this interesting & useful:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/cara...-cider-292770/
Regards, GF.
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