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Old 03-18-2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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Default Black Cherry Cider

I was at the local store spending time in the juice aisles thinking about various things that could be turned into adult beverages and saw 100% black cherry juice...anyone ever try anything like this as a cider and if so, how did it turn out?
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:50 PM   #2
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I'd be willing to bet you could find a thread on here somewhere about someone trying it.

My guess would be that it would be on the tart side when fermented dry. I bet treating it as a wine with some backsweetening would make a nice after dinner sipper. Let us know how it goes.


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Old 03-19-2013, 02:34 AM   #3
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We just started a batch of cherry this week. It's fermenting well so far. I suspect PP is correct about the tartness. Be ready to add more sugar than normal to get to the gravity you want. Cherry juice usually has less sugar than apple juice. Try some and let's know how it turns out!
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:59 AM   #4
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im currently doing a 1 gallon batch of cherry/apple cider. 32 oz black cherry and the rest apple. not sure how it would be just the cherry. maybe ill try that next time !
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:50 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input...did a quick search and didnt find what I was looking for so I thought I'd see what success folks have had recently. Will probably spin up a 1 gal test batch and post results when finished.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:43 AM   #6
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What kind of yeast do you guys use?
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:11 AM   #7
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I just drank my first batch of cherry/apple cider. Just a gallon. I used lavlin 1118, so- it's very dry. The stuff was blood red at purchase.... The 1118 ate all the sugar and it is super clean now, like cherry 7up clear. I used two tablespoons if honey to carb, but, it didn't work too well. Next time I'm using an ale yeast because I can't really taste the cherry;(
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:07 PM   #8
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Might be interesting to run a cider completely dry and then back sweeten it with the Cherry juice......
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I ran a cider dry and back sweetened with red grape juice, its delicious! I bet the black cherry backsweeten would be incredible
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I ran a cider dry and back sweetened with red grape juice, its delicious! I bet the black cherry backsweeten would be incredible
Just yesterday I started an Oat Graff that I will be backsweetening with black cherry juice/cherry-apple concentrate from Old Orchard (so I don't dilute the ABV too much). I have a feeling it is going to be pretty tasty.


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