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Old 03-22-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried cutting Apple Juice concentrate with 2 cans of water and 1 of Apple Juice? Looking for more apple flavor and no added sugar to raise the ABV of the final cider. Would this have adverse effects on the cider?

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Old 03-22-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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Yes, if you're using apple juice concentrate, use more concentrate and less water and you'll have a higher original gravity (which will lead to higher abv). Good luck!

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Old 03-22-2011, 01:29 PM   #3
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Would this also give a stronger apple flavor as some of my past batches lacked apple flavor? It may have been the yeast I used, is their a yeast that lets the apple flavor shine through, or does that come with aging?

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In my experience, the drier the cider, the longer you need to let it age to gain an apple flavor. If you leave it semi-dry, around 1.010, then lots of apple shine through. I usually use ale yeast, usually dry Nottingham. If you look at the sticky threads at the top of the forum, you'll find that cvillekevin has done a lot of experimenting with different yeasts, its a great resource.

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Old 03-22-2011, 11:01 PM   #5
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It would work but by using less water to concentrate, you're basically just adding natural apple sugars instead of your added sugar (glucose etc.) So there will be more sugar - but that's home brewing - more sugar equals stronger!

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Old 03-23-2011, 05:48 AM   #6
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There is another way

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Yes - freeze concentrating. It's legal and worthy of discussion.
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Yes - freeze concentrating. It's legal and worthy of discussion.
It's not legal everywhere, not sure where you are pointing to it being illegal. I know all forms of distilling are legal in NZ for personal purposes as well as a few other places around the globe. Distillation of water or essences under a 5 litre volume is legal in Australia.

Discussion is legal everywhere.

I find the 'worthy' of discussion a little offensive, as something i take great pride in being considered 'unworthy'

edited to remove polarising remark.
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Apologies for the way that came across. I meant no offense. We do allow discussions concerning freeze concentration here. For the protection of our members, our hobby, and our site, we do not permit open discussion about actual (heat) distillation.

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No probs. it's your forum and you can make whatever rules you like.

thanks for the reply and the apology, it's just something that's important to me. (assume you googled me

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