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Old 04-29-2012, 05:16 AM   #1
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What does addng raisins do for flavor? When can they be added and how mcuh would one use for 1 gallon. Also curious im only 1.5 weeks in primary process... Can i let it go in primary for more than 2 wks despite the simple recipe said 2 wks then rack in secondary for another 2 wks. I was thinking of letting it go in primary for atleast 4 wks.

 
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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I think when people add raisins, they are doing it more as a natural yeast nutrient, and not as a flavor enhancer.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:32 PM   #3
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I've added as much as 4lbs of raisins to a 6 gallon batch of cider, they don't really add any flavour that I could detect, but they DO add a bit more sugar (not certain how much, I never calculated it) & a bit of body to a cider or even a non-grape wine.

I always do a freeze/thaw & run them through a food processor before adding to primary. They do work, but I think the raisin addition would be noticable more by their absence rather than by their presence; unless you use too few or too much.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:44 AM   #4
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I've added as much as 4lbs of raisins to a 6 gallon batch of cider, they don't really add any flavour that I could detect, but they DO add a bit more sugar (not certain how much, I never calculated it) & a bit of body to a cider or even a non-grape wine.

I always do a freeze/thaw & run them through a food processor before adding to primary. They do work, but I think the raisin addition would be noticable more by their absence rather than by their presence; unless you use too few or too much.
Regards, GF.
I used a 48 oz bag of Craisin's. Ran em thru the food processor and they totally changed the flavor of 5 gal of apple cider.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:43 AM   #5
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I used a 48 oz bag of Craisin's. Ran em thru the food processor and they totally changed the flavor of 5 gal of apple cider.
Sounds good, did it sweeten it? What point did you add them? Primary! Secondary?

 
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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I did in the secondary. Will try primary next time. Added sugar but not sweetness. Prob just increased ABV.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
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I added raisins to a batch of cider. added them to the primary, they are all floating, should I wait for them to sink before racking to the secondary? and will this even happen?

@MarkkE the Crasins idea sounds really yum.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:05 PM   #8
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I added raisins to a batch of cider. added them to the primary, they are all floating, should I wait for them to sink before racking to the secondary? and will this even happen?

@MarkkE the Crasins idea sounds really yum.
Done this with wine. They don't sink.

 
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