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Old 11-14-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
Joehova44
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Or anyone who is trying to make a great/ very cheap hard cider..... Try this simple recipe

4 1/2 gallons of "great value" apple juice blend ($2.48 per 3/4 gallon = $14.88)
3 cups brown sugar
3 oz lactose
1/4 cup cut up raisins
Wyeast English cider liquid yeast (can reuse over and over)

Primary Fermentation for 3 weeks

- optional flavor extract ( cherry or black current has been best)
- I have also added a half gallon of white grape and peach juice to the original recipe with great results

Bottle with 3/4 cup priming sugar
Let sit in bottle for 2 weeks minimum

Delish!!!!

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Old 11-14-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
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Sounds it! Thanks. I grabbed a bunch of this juice when it went on sale. Using it as the "base" for my ciders this year. :-)

SG came in at 1.050.

 
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:21 PM   #3
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Yes it's a great base and very inexpensive!!!

 
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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Is it the apple juice punch blend that was used? Not sure if there is another "blend" I didn't see.

 
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:08 PM   #5
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Yes it was the apple juice punch blend.... There are three kinds: regular, light and the blend

 
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:19 AM   #6
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Thanks for the reply Joe. I've bought it before and really liked the taste. It's different and it's cheap...and it's without the fructose additions normally found in cheap juice. I assumed that was what you meant when you posted a few weeks ago and I went to buy some. Those bastards only had 2 jugs left! Bought 3 more of the regular apple juice.
I normally focus on "from USA" store-bought juice, but long story short...this 5 gallon batch is tasting good. Wish I could've done the full 5 with the blend Sounds like I'll be going back to Wally and looking for a full 5 gallons!
Just because I was mad, I bought a couple Old Orchard Apple/Cherry frozen concentrates and threw them in there to bump things up a bit...and like I said, yum. Cheers!

 
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:55 PM   #7
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The blend is a come and go kind if thing. My local store tends to order a lot of apple juice as we wipe them out weekly! You will gave to let me know of any crazy blends you come up with!

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