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Old 11-07-2007, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Strongbow clone?

....anyone got a recipe for one?



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Old 11-07-2007, 02:03 PM   #2
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Ciders are just about impossible to clone because there is no way to find out what apples were used. Strongbow's site admits nothing. Have you tried EdWort's recipe?



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Old 11-09-2007, 11:19 AM   #3
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I assume you are referring to the Apfelwein everyone is talking about

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I need a strongbow recipe too. My gf drinks it.

I gave my gf a taste of my apfelwein. She likes it, but it isn't strongbow. My gf says it just needs to be a dry apple cider. She doesn't like sweet ciders.

I guess we need to buy some SB and figure out what the differences are.

Anyone have a recipe ? I am sure apple juice could be substituted for the apples that strongbow uses.

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Old 02-09-2008, 02:08 AM   #5
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I'd also be quite interested in a strongbow clone..

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OK, I've got a can of Strongbow in front of me. The ingredients are listed right on the can.

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Ingredients: fermented apple juice & glucose syrup, water, sugar, carbon dioxide,
acid: E270, E330, antioxidant: E224(sulphites).
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That is way more information we get from other beers. MY gf and I compared Strongbow to my well aged Apfelwein. There are some similarities. Strongbow is stronger and drier/crisper.

Notice the "glucose sugar" ingredient. I suspect that strongbow has less apple juice than Apfelwein and more water/sugar, ie "glucose syrup". Once its fermented, they must stabilize it with potassium sorbate and then dilute it with water and carbonate it. We should be able to reverse engineer and clone it.

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It looks like "glucose syrup" is probably corn syrup. Strongbow is probably a fermentation of apples and corn syrup.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_syrup

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So now we'll just have to find the magic blend of Apple Juice, Corn Syrup and sugar that makes a good strongbow clone..

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For a start I'd try just using;

  • 5 - galllons of apple juice
  • (.05 ~1lb) of dextrose
  • 1 - Nottinghams yeast
  • 2 - tsp of yeast nutrients.

This is a standard English cider recipe from "Brewing for Dummies".

BTW - Ed's AW w/ 2lbs of dextrose and carbed w/ 5oz of dextrose is dry.
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Why would we start with trying dextrose when the Strongbow label tells us it has "Glucose Syrup" in it ?

And I know all about Apfelwien. I have a carboy full of it right next to me.

Strongbow is different than Apfelwien and the traditional ciders.

"So now we'll just have to find the magic blend of Apple Juice, Corn Syrup and sugar that makes a good strongbow clone.."

I suspect that water and sugar are added to the fermented product from apple juice and corn sugar.

It shouldn't take too much experimenting to arrive at something that tastes similar.



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