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Old 03-27-2012, 05:16 AM   #1
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I just got around to doing some serious cider work. The last few years have been hectic and I've been pressing and doing a little racking but the back log has been overwhelming. I finally got around to kegging several carboys that had been in secondary. I usually have a taste (or two) while I'm doing this work and while one of the ciders tasted great, dry, tart but rounded and well balanced with the suggestion of sweetness and apple after flavor (perhaps it underwent MLF); the other two were very sour and almost seemed to be off. I kegged them anyway, determined to make the most of it and sure that even bad cider could be easily pawned off on drunk friends late at night. Before sealing them up I added a quart of Santa Cruz Organics sour cherry juice to one and a teaspoon or so of both tannin and acid blend to both. I crossed my fingers and began drinking the tasty cider. Well, last night I lifted up the keg of tasty cider and realized that it was so tasty, it was almost gone. I switched the keg tap over and poured. The cider I had added the sour cherry juice to was delicious! The flavors had blended well and the sour cherry covered up the gross sour cider flavor. The tannins and the acid blend gave it a distinct tartness and filled out the flavor profile. The other keg is still sitting there waiting to be tapped. I'll lift the sour cherry cider keg soon and it will feel light. Then I'll tell you how the other one is.

The moral of the story is: Don't toss a cider that is not immediately appealing. Age it and if it still tastes like crap, add some stuff to it. We are scientists. Drunk scientists.

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Old 03-27-2012, 12:10 PM   #2
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Congrats Boomer. I've read a few people lately using the Sour Cherry juice. I think I might need to give that a go.

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Old 03-27-2012, 11:09 PM   #3
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awesome moral

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Old 03-28-2012, 12:47 AM   #4
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It leaves little to no cherry flavor and the reddish color disappears.

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:51 AM   #5
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The moral of the story is: Don't toss a cider that is not immediately appealing. Age it and if it still tastes like crap, add some stuff to it. We are scientists. Drunk scientists.[/QUOTE]


I especially loved the moral to this one. I have a Pear cider that I am doing just that with. Aging, taste if I don't like it; add something to it or let it set some more. I am a student at heart, always learning something.

The apple on the other hand is just about gone Thank goodness I have other batches going.

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An added note to this is the 3 ciders that I kegged had been sitting in secondary for almost a year. So not only were they not immediately appealing but aging had not helped them. I doctored them up to make them palatable. Otherwise everyone I know would be getting apple cider vinegar for birthdays and holidays for the next year.

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