using other fruit in a cider - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > using other fruit in a cider

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-22-2006, 01:35 AM   #1
Rookie
Recipes 
 
May 2005
Vancouver, WA
Posts: 210


Does anyone out there add other fruit to their ciders? Like strawberry, cherry, raspberry or anything else?
A couple of years ago I used half apple and half pear.
__________________
Rookie
"We all put the yeast in", Larry, Moe & Curley.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2006, 01:56 AM   #2
david_42
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,597
Liked 155 Times on 145 Posts


Revenge - a blackberry cider best served cold. It violates the style guide by being 50% blackberries, other than the blood they're free, so I use lots.

Haven't tried anything else, yet. I'm hoping some of my cherry trees will bear enough fruit this year to allow me to make a few small batches.
__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2006, 10:46 AM   #3
Alx Rains
Recipes 
 
Jan 2006
Townsville,QLD Aust
Posts: 97
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Mango, Pineapple, make excelllent cider flavourings, I have a mango madness blupping away now, 3kg of fresh mango in 20lt of cider,mmmmmmmmm. can't wait! You should just be able to pick a friut that you like and bung some in, after all there are no rules that can't be bent in the name of experimenting.
__________________
"I love to have a beer with Duncan, cos Duncans me mate"- Slim Dusty

Bubbling Away:Lemonadey/grapefruity thing
:Belgian gold Ale
Berry Cider
[B]Aging:[/B:Berry Cider
: Coopers Mexican,
: Extra Gingery Ginger beer


In the Fridge: Munich Lager
:Spiced Cider

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2006, 08:21 PM   #4
OdinOneEye
Recipes 
 
Jan 2006
Posts: 128
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


I've got a cider that's been going for a couple of months now that's got half a pound of blackberries, half a pound of blueberries and a gallon of cider.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2006, 08:45 PM   #5
Caplan
Recipes 
 
Aug 2005
Posts: 1,161
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


I've got a Morello Cherry Cider aging in bottles - see my sig!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2006, 03:14 AM   #6
frothy
Recipes 
 
May 2006
UK
Posts: 31
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Got some raspberry cider sitting at home a friend made - will let you know how that turns out.
My family has a soft fruit farm in Northamptonshire www.hardwick-softfruit.co.uk
but I can't imagine strawberries would be very nice infact I've yet to make a decent strawberry wine even.
liking the idea of blackberries - apple and blackberry's one of my favourite juice drinks.
How about blackcurrent?

Matt
__________________
The Hardwick femtobrewery - Brew Blog
Primary: Turbo cider
2ndary:
On Tap: IPA, Bits & Bobs Porter, Mill Run Stout

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2006, 05:05 AM   #7
veggiess
Recipes 
 
May 2006
Minnesota
Posts: 192

So I saw on the Mr. Beer website that they have recipes for cider with other fruit flavors. They use the sweet, syrupy cans of fruit that you use in pie. Anyone try this? I am wondering how much I would need in a full 5 gal batch of cider, and if I need to boil it first or just toss it in the primary. I wouldn't want too sweet of a cider, but a mildly fruity apple cider might be refreshing. Thanks.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2011, 12:29 PM   #8
snakepie
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Birmingham, UK
Posts: 2

I tried a cider with apples and plums in, however it turned out extremely acidic. Being reasonably new to making cider I back sweetened with sugar and fermentation stopper to prevent a refermentation. However the fermentation has restarted as I didnt add the fermentation stopper in advance. So it looks like I have a strong cider on its way. Haha. The other option is I drink it now before I have an apple and plum wine (which essentially what it is with me adding sugar from a purist point of view).

Hope this helps someone else avoid my mistake

Gaz

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2011, 04:16 PM   #9
RobWalker
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Birmingham, England
Posts: 904
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by veggiess View Post
So I saw on the Mr. Beer website that they have recipes for cider with other fruit flavors. They use the sweet, syrupy cans of fruit that you use in pie. Anyone try this? I am wondering how much I would need in a full 5 gal batch of cider, and if I need to boil it first or just toss it in the primary. I wouldn't want too sweet of a cider, but a mildly fruity apple cider might be refreshing. Thanks.

I've done it to make wines - summer fruit pie filling makes a nice red and fruit cocktail makes a white. they both taste brilliant but the syrup leaves a slight sticky taste, a bit like Schnapps. with both of these I didn't boil (this is likely to activate pectins in the fruit causing haze) but just blend them until they're really well mixed, remove any seeds if required, and just dump it in your fermenter. I also added the chemicals (tannin etc) when pouring into fermenter. Using this method you need to shake it up or stir it often...

I used 2 tins to 1 gallon with extra sugar and it worked fine - no other ingredients. You might want to use more for more flavour in a cider though.

Oh and, i recently included pears in flavoured water in a cider - 1 gallon of apple cider had 1 can, it probably could have used two, so I'd go for ten.

Furthermore yay! Another brummie, hi Snakepie. where do you hail from?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2011, 11:12 AM   #10
snakepie
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Birmingham, UK
Posts: 2

Hey, Im from Solihull. What about you?

Only started homebrewing a couple of months ago, but have made all sorts, some absolutely incredible and others (like my plum wine).....well I think I am fighting a losing battle on that one. I shall continue to experiment with it though.

How do you prepare your apples out of interest? I haven't got a cider press (really want one though) so I am using an old mangle I found at a car boot which I have thoroughly sterilised. It was okay, but my yield for the amount of apples was poor. Plus the amount of hours and effort it took to get 10L was a long time. Does boiling work? and if so how well?

Also, how do you clear your ciders? Or is it simply impossible if you have activated the pectic enzymes. Im using a clearing agent at the moment and several rackings. It has definitely got clearer, but is there a better way in your experience?

Cheers

Gaz

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Apple Mango Passion Fruit Cider missing Cider Forum 6 02-03-2010 10:49 PM
best place to buy a cheap cider/fruit press??? mikesalvo Equipment/Sanitation 3 05-07-2009 11:32 AM
Correct way to use Fruit in Cider? Schmitz Cider Forum 7 10-20-2007 09:02 PM
Cider and Fruit juice combos? BoxerDog Cider Forum 4 08-15-2007 01:26 PM
Promash settings for Oregon Fruit Products puree, or should I use fruit essence extra robertjm Recipes/Ingredients 6 11-14-2006 02:42 PM


Forum Jump