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Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 19:19
by Rolfster
Hi all.
I got given some huge sticks of rhubarb today at work. I thought I could use then to make a nice tart rhubarb cider...... although I'm thinking turbo cider!
Anyone got a recipe?
I'm thinking...
2kg rhubarb (blended)
10 liters of nice apple juice (well aldi's)
5 teabags
Pectin
Cider yeast.

Thoughts would be gratefully received!
Cheers R

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 09:48
by robwalker
Get yourself to lidl, 2L apple juice for 99p currently!

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:29
by jkp
Rhubarb is quite tart, so you might want to sweeten it a little. Or even make a Rhubarb syrup and mix it with the cider in your glass.

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:55
by Rolfster

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 09:02
by Rolfster
How long should I leave it on the rhubarb pulp? With 2kg be enough rhubarb to get any flavour?

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 09:48
by Bad 'Ed
I suspect that will be enough. Depends how rhubarby you want it. You don't have to peel the rhubarb cos you're not going to eat it.

I have a rhubarb wine recipe in a book (never made it) which requires 2kg rhubarb for a gallon of wine.

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 14:19
by Rolfster

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 15:31
by Rolfster
Would wine yeast work OK with this?
Otherwise I need to buy some!

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 13:41
by Rolfster
I've just put this on.
It's at 1.044, with 10 liters of juice and 500ml of strong tea.
Thinking about putting some acid in it... malic and citric.
In looking for it I found my pot of tannin!

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 13:44
by Rolfster
I just added a bit of yeast nutrent.
I'm going to put the rhubarb in once fermentation is underway.

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 22:22
by Rolfster
So I has this going in the cupboard in the spare room for a bit. I was at work for over 24 hours when I finally got round to checking it the temperature next to the fv was 24 degrees! So I moved it to the cellar head which is at 20 and on a concrete floor.
I put the rhubarb in a pan with some enzyme to extract the juice last night and today mashed it a few times, before squeezing the juice out of the pulp and adding it to the fv. I had 1.7kg of rhubarb, I'm not sure how much juice there was or how much sugar it will add for the yeasties!

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 19:25
by Rolfster
Tried this today, it's very dry. My dad liked it, my mum screwed her face up.
Got a reading of 1.004 so I think it's still going. I moved it into a clean fv and will leave it alone for a couple of months. I'm probably going to add a little sweetener to it, but not lots. I will test it before bottling and figure out what I'm going to do.

Re: Rhubarb cider?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 20:30
by Rolfster
It was still at 1.004 when I bottled it tonight.
I primed lightly (half a teaspoon for the 500ml bottles and 10g for my 2 liter bottles.
I got 3 big bottles and 10 little ones.

It tasted ok as well!
I didn't bother back sweetening, just going to do that in the glass for people who want a sweet drink.