CRAB APPLES

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CRAB APPLES

Postby big_al » Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:54

Hi all
I have been gifted a load of crab apples, does anyone know a recipe that easy enough for a novice to follow please
Thanks Alan

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Re: CRAB APPLES

Postby Rolfster » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:42

I think 50 50 with eating apples works well. Crushing them is the hard bit (I belive!)
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Re: CRAB APPLES

Postby graysalchemy » Wed Sep 14, 2016 17:04

You really need 1/3 crab 1/3 eaters and 1/3cookers. Crabs have the tannin eaters have the sugar and cookers have the malic acid. I may have got the crab and cookers the wrong way round in that explination. Anyway you need a good balance of tanins sugars and malic acid.

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Re: CRAB APPLES

Postby big_al » Wed Sep 14, 2016 20:46

thanks so far but does anyone have a complete recipe?

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Re: CRAB APPLES

Postby graysalchemy » Wed Sep 14, 2016 20:59

literally as I say. extract the juice by pressing treat with a camden tablet then add your yeast prefferably a cider yeast or champagne yeast.

You dont need any water and certainly dont be tempted to add any sugar, it just dilutes the final taste and makes it more insipid.

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Re: CRAB APPLES

Postby Good Ed » Wed Sep 14, 2016 22:12

big_al wrote:thanks so far but does anyone have a complete recipe?


I made this in 2008 and it turned out well, excuse the imperial/metrics

12lb crab apples
pectolase
1 pint white grape juice concentrate
General purpose yeast
1.5kg sugar

smash apples with the end of a piece of wood to a pulp and add (as you go) to 4 pints water in a bucket with 2 tsps pectolase and 2 campden tabs
leave for 24 hours
use a straining bag and squeeze out liquid and add grape concentrate, sugar, yeast and nutrient, top up with water. (added sugar to OG 1085)
kept in the bucket for 2 days then into a demijohn

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Re: CRAB APPLES

Postby Bad 'Ed » Thu Sep 15, 2016 07:32

I had an apple brandy the other day which was lovely. They just soaked the crab apples in brandy for a few months and added sugar to taste. I can find the recipe if you want.

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Re: CRAB APPLES

Postby big_al » Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:25

Thanks Good Ed, thats what I was after, as I said I am a newbie at wine well, never done any. So i needed all the info i could get
thnaks again all

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