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Old 02-06-2010, 04:22 PM   #1
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I was telling one of my friends how I make cider from storebought juice, and how I backsweeten with concentrate, and why you can't really do that in the bottle, etc, and we got to talking. Here's the idea:

Start with a 5gal carboy with 3 gallons of treetop juice (est OG 1.050). Pitch a healthy dose of ale yeast with some nutrient, and allow that to ferment mostly to completion. Add 12oz of treetop juice concentrate (est OG 1.200-1.225). Allow this to ferment, and repeat. If a total of sixteen 12oz containers of concentrate are added, this will net 4.5gal of cider with an effective OG of 1.100-1.108 with the help of no sugar other than that which came from an apple.

Perhaps I should try this once with 1 gallon of juice and 5 cans of concentrate.


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Old 02-06-2010, 04:37 PM   #2
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It might be interesting to try it with a small batch of only concentrate. Mix water and concentrate until you get an OG of ~1.090ish (unless you want to go higher). An entire pack of Notty should be plenty of yeast for a 1 gallon batch with that gravity. Hopefully, the ale yeast won't ferment it completely and leave you just below 1.020?
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Complete fermentation is fine with me, I'll backsweeten in the keg to taste. With this method, the gravity will never be higher than 1.050. I am taking a page from the playbook of the Utopias cloners.
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