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DaMonkey

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I was going to make a combination pear/apple cider. But the pear concentrate is more then I wanted to spend but I was planning to mix it with a cider base. Instead I bought natural pear flavor which is cheaper. I plan to ferment my cider and add the flavoring before bottling with sugar. Has anyone done this with any success?
 

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I've got a pear cider going right now. I did a large OG five gallon batch which finished at 9.4%. Then I split the cider into two separate carboys to do two 5 gallon batches. Each carboy got 2.5 gallons of fermented cider then I added either 2.5 gallons of peach concentrate in one and 2.5 gallons fresh cider in the other. Thus, making 10 gallons total. I used PS to stop fermentation. It still kept fermenting though. The Peach one has some nasty looking crap on the bottom of the carboy. I haven't tasted it for a while, but the peach is hard to pick out of the cider.
 

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Haven't used pear flavoring, but tasted my pear cider yesterday and the pear flavor is there, but just barely. Pressing the pears was a hassle compared to apples, next fall I'll probably skip the pears and try something else. I can't get real cider pears here, only the usual dessert varieties.
If you want the apple cider to taste like pears, use a yeast that will go all the way to dryness, like WL english cider yeast. That way there won't be any apple flavor to compete with the more delicate pear flavor.
 

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I= then I added either 2.5 gallons of peach concentrate in one and 2.5 gallons fresh cider in the other.
Curious the brand of the Pear concentrate you found?? I looked all over all I could find was some 1 quart bottles that were super spendy.
 
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Curious the brand of the Pear concentrate you found?? I looked all over all I could find was some 1 quart bottles that were super spendy.
I found 96oz can of pear concentrate at one of my brew stores. I forget the brand. But you should check your local brew stores.
 

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One "gotcha" with fruit concentrates is the addition of preservatives. They're meant to kill off microbes (such as yeast), and could have a negative side effect on your fermentation.

If you got an "all-natural" fruit extract, then you should get a good flavor profile from it. Just remember: many of the sugars found in juice concentrates are quite fermentable, and will not leave the residual sweetness you're probably looking for. Take a sample before you keg/bottle to ensure the yeast didn't destroy the sweet flavors you're looking for.

I only mention this because I once attempted a hard lemonade, and ended up with a lemon wine (alcoholic lemon juice).
 

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I almost bought some pear concentrate here:

They have organic "Vegan" \ kosher pear concentrate for $13\QT or $64.50\Gal!!
http://naturesflavors.com/organic-pear-juice-concentrate-kosher-vegan-gluten-free-22991



or much cheaper "Vegan" pear juice concentrate
$6\Qt or $13\gal
http://naturesflavors.com/pear-juice-concentrate-vegan-22941

...but the real gotcha is the required shipping cost on top of that was $40 as it requires 2 day air shipping.

They also have a lot of natural pear, (and every other fruit imaginable) flavorings, syrups, waters etc. that would probably work well and ships much cheaper.
 
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