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Old 11-16-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
Apollofrost
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There's a lot of talk about preserving natural sugars. I'm looking to make a hard cherry lemonade and I was wondering if I should kill the yeast before I rack onto the fruit so as to preserve the fruit's natural sugars as much as possible. Or should I just let the yeast ferment it all out and then backsweeten?



 
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:08 PM   #2
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let the yeast ferment in the primary as normal. when primary fermentation is over rack onto the fruit of choice. dont kill the yeast. just make sure you add some pectic enzyme to the fruit before you put it in the secondary.



 
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:36 AM   #3
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let the yeast ferment in the primary as normal. when primary fermentation is over rack onto the fruit of choice. dont kill the yeast. just make sure you add some pectic enzyme to the fruit before you put it in the secondary.
What does the Pectic enzyme do?

Silly Newbie question Thanks for the help

 
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:07 AM   #4
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It helps break down pectins to get more juice from a pressing and it helps to clarify beverages that contain fruit juices or pulp. Pectins are one of the reasons you don't want to let juices boil, as they become cloudy and harder if not impossible to clear once the heat causes the pectins to set.

 
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