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Old 07-02-2007, 05:12 PM   #1
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Default Wine coolers, or something like it?

I was thinking of trying some hard lemonade this coming weekend, however, after reading about yeast problems I was steering away from it.

Then I thought of something. Has anyone here ever just taken some frozen concentrate, dumped it into some water and fermented it with a low attenuation yeast strain?

If so, how did it come out?

I'm looking for something similar to wine coolers, minus the wine, for my mother who hates beer.

Any suggestions? I was just going to throw 4 gallons of water in my 5.5 gallon fermentor, dump in 8 cans of frozen concentrate and let some ale yeast work out on and see what was produced.

Any thoughts?

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Old 07-02-2007, 05:21 PM   #2
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Apfelwein!! I love the stuff, it tastes like applejuice only it gets you fnarked.

Mine isn't even carbonated yet, but I've had it flat, both warm and cold, and its great.

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Old 07-02-2007, 05:23 PM   #3
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Most commercal "wine coolers" are actually malt-based...no wine.

I'd think you'd want some malt in there to avoid making cider. Maybe a low-gravity, extra-light no-hop beer, with fruit juice added in the fermenter?

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Old 07-02-2007, 07:32 PM   #4
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Most of these are Brewed with a high ABV then watered down at bottling along with the flavour.

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Do you keg? If you do, go ahead and make a "punch" with lemonade and everclear, to taste. Then carbonate. Might want it to be a bit more watered down vs. straight lemonade. Not a wine cooler, but definitely COOL!
You could add some Hennesy and call it Leminotic!

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Most commercal "wine coolers" are actually malt-based...no wine.

I'd think you'd want some malt in there to avoid making cider. Maybe a low-gravity, extra-light no-hop beer, with fruit juice added in the fermenter?
I thought most wine coolers were apple based and most malt beverages were malt based. Although it seems malt beverages are on the increase in popularity vs wine coolers.

Apfelwein is a really popular, easy to make beverage that is not beer like.
Or you could experiment with some country wine recipes.
I would think you could make something like a winecooler by adding sugar free koolaid mix to something like Apfelwein. Personally I'd rather not add the koolaid and just serve it with some Sprite as has been recommended.

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Old 07-06-2007, 05:57 PM   #7
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WineExpert's Island Mist Kits taste exactly like wine coolers without the bubbles.

Check it out:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/IslandMist.html

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