Strong cider?

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Strong cider?

Postby robwalker » Sat Sep 16, 2017 21:18

Thinking of brewing a cider with sugar to bring it up to 12% or so, and ageing on Brandy soaked oak chips, as a sort of apple Brandy.
Just wondering if anyone's done anything similar and how it was.
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Re: Strong cider?

Postby Rolfster » Sat Sep 16, 2017 22:15

Surely if would be really thin. What about suma concentrate?
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Re: Strong cider?

Postby oldbloke » Sat Sep 16, 2017 22:23

Yes, rather than AJ+sugar, I'd use concentrate. It'd be easy to get 12%.
Technically an apple wine, but hey.
Should be nice.

I tried to do a 18% ish spiced apple wine but it all went badly wrong - not sure exactly why - and it's now still fermenting out to a 12% ish apple wine. Hoping it'll be palatable!
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Re: Strong cider?

Postby jkp » Sun Sep 17, 2017 02:35

Either way, AJ+sugar or concentrate, you will need to be careful of the acidity. I once tried to make ice cider from freeze concentration and it was very acidic. Sweetness in the final product will help, and using an acid reducing yeast like 71B.

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