Originally Posted by jmg727
I just started a batch using 4.5 gallons of Nature's Nectar 100% apple juice with an extra lime. Used Benner Classic Blend Orange Pekoe adn Peooe CUt Black Tea from Aldi. I'll let you know how it goes. Very excited to try this!!! Otherwise I followed the recipe.
So I pretty much followed the recipe (pitched yeast on 8-1-12), except that I added an extra lime. Two regular limes. I see why the recipe called for only one!!!
I have been periodically tasting the batch as the sulfery essence went away. I ended up with a too-tart too-citrus batch that was way too limey to drink.
I remedied that today. I took 3 pounds of honey (also Aldi) and reduced it to about 1.5 pounds on the cooktop, acheiving a bit of burnt flavor. I added enough apple juice so that it would not harden, and added about half of it to the carboy. I then bottled the batch, and am monitoring a single plastic bottle to see when to refrigerate or pastuerize the others. I'll decide which tomorrow. FG (before honey addition) was 1.001.
I'll try the recipe again with less lime and will use . But this first batch was great. Freezeblade, thanks for the recipe!!!