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Old 09-11-2016, 04:25 AM   #1
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Default Low Alcohol Cider Help

No.1 Son has decided to visit us for a week at Christmas ...

... but he only drinks expensive wine or low alcohol cider. (I blame his Mum!)

So, to keep him away from my wine, I would be much obliged if someone could suggest a nice easy recipe for 20 litres of low alcohol cider.

Many thanks in anticipation.
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Morning matey

What sort of % do you consider to be 'low' ?

If you're making with supermarket AJ then the only way is to have a reasonable quantity of water in it (the sugar content of the juice will bring a 100% AJ brew to round about 6%)

I can work it out for you if you let me know... also, is it just a straight apple cider you're thinking of making ?

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Just had a quick look, in order to keep abv around 3.5%, you'd need to use half AJ, half water, which might come out a bit light in flavour, but I've made a strawberry & lime that was just 60% AJ (but with strawberry syrup, which pumped up the abv a fair bit) and it still tasted good


you can use the file below to adjust the quantity of AJ and see how it affects the abv
https://1drv.ms/x/s!AqD9OOcGhwesq3SoIFLAO2zQCiZh
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Thanks for that.

I've not got over the doorstep today due to rain so everything still in the planning stage.

Reckon I'll shoot for +/- 3% ABV.

Plan "A" is therefore:

o 10 litres of AJ from Lidl,

o 500ml of pomegranate syrup to give it that bit of flavour and colour,

o Adjust the SG with water to 1.045 which should give a +/- 4.5% ABV if fermented down to 1.010.

o Check the SG on a daily basis.

o Stop fermentation around SG 1.035 at +/- 3.25% with a Stabiliser.

o Syphon off into a keg, carbonate with CO2 and allow to clear.

Hopefully, this will leave me with a sweet rose coloured cider at just over 3% with a hint of pomegranate flavour just in time for Christmas.

Sound reasonable?
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Good call, I've not yet branched into forced carbonation, so hadn't thought about stopping fermentation early....

That will work nicely then I reckon 😀

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If you're stopping the fermentation then surely there's no need to water it down? Give it full appleiness

And remember: cider normally ferments out to nearer 1.000, if you're calculating
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If you're stopping the fermentation then surely there's no need to water it down? Give it full appleiness

And remember: cider normally ferments out to nearer 1.000, if you're calculating
agreed, iv had it just lower but that was left for quite some time and with champange yeast
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True that, depends on how sugary the pom syrup is I suppose

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I stopped a wow at 1.030 and it was cloying, which surprised me as sweet wines like Sauternes can be as high as 1.060. Although I didn't test it, I put this down to balancing the sweetness with acidity. If yours is too sweet at 1.035 you could add some acid to counteract it, which is what I should have done.
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Many thanks for the responses.

Plan B is now:

o 15 litres of AJ from Lidl,

o 500ml of pomegranate syrup to give it that bit of flavour and colour,

o Two "Jiffy Lemons" to give it a bit of a bite. (Couple left over from summer tipple of "G&T with a dash of lemon".)

o Check the SG on a daily basis.

o Stop fermentation with a Stabiliser at whatever SG produces an ABV of +/- 3%.

o Syphon off into a keg, carbonate with CO2 and allow to clear.

Should be underway later today so I will keep everyone informed of progress.

Again, many thanks for comments.
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