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Old 04-04-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default Wilko's pear cider.

It claims to be a 5% ABV kit with the addition of 1.5 kilo's of brewing sugar.
The ingredients are quite interesting for a pear cider.
Concentrated apple juice,Barley malt extract and "natural flavouring".
The supplied yeast is: X TZB. Which after a bit of research turns out to be a packet of the old Edme English ale strain
supplied by Muntons.
Looking at the above ingredients I thought it was strange for a pear cider that doesn't contain any pear.
I started this kit 2 weeks ago and kegged it today as fermentation had stopped 4 days ago.
It stuck at 1009 for those 4 days.
The smell coming from the airlock was addictive.
It had started to clear already but still has yeast in suspension but I require the FM to build up my supplies of healthy drinking hence the decision to keg now.
I had a quick taste of the cider in my hydrometer jar and was expecting a vile bitter young tasting ale-like substance.
I was quite surprised by the fact you could almost drink it now.
It has a lovely aroma and a very sweet taste to it, so much so that I couldn't taste much of the yeast at all.
It obviously has a bit more body than traditional cider because of the Malt in the kit but I was pleasantly surprised.
This is supposed to be ready to drink after three weeks like an ale kit.
I would have thought the pear flavour is so dominant it would be difficult for anything much to go wrong with this kit.
I'll post back in a week after testing and see if it does need much more conditioning, which they normally do.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Wilko's pear cider.

My additional entry for this brew to be filled out in the next week or two - I felt ready for bottling last week after 2 weeks FV, 2 weeks racked, but it's far too murky for my tastes so I've added a pile of Pectolase to see if I can clear it at least a little.

It has been 5 days now so I'll probably bottle tomorrow.

Seeing similar results to Tony above - I can't get mine below 1006 (I'm glad it's not me! I even gave it a good stir halfway through just in case)

Firstly, I followed ScottM's instructions here and would highly recommend.

Rather than 1.5kg of sugar, I used 1kg of Brewing Sugar (it was free) plus 300g of Granulated sugar.
Now you may think this is rather short, but I added 3 litres of apple juice to make up the wort so that should add more than enough sugar.

Nothing else to add as Tony has said it all. I'll let you know once I've bottled it. I'm toying with something to make a few bottles a little toffee flavoured for a trial.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:50 PM   #3
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Default Re: Wilko's pear cider.

I tasted mine today from a hydrometer glass and it turned from a nice sweet thing into a typical young pear cider flavour.
The Gravity has dropped to 1006, luckily I didn't add priming sugar to the keg but a short squirt on the Hambleton Bard.
I think this may take a while to condition as I may have kegged a low stopped ferment.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:01 PM   #4
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Default Re: Wilko's pear cider.

Interesting Tony. I did actually get round to bottling mine last Sunday before I nearly missed my flight (another story) hence why I didn't mention it.

Someone mentioned to me that they rather liked "Scrumpy style" cider so I offered to bottle one up without any additional sugar to ensure it was kept flat. I also tried a bit.

In my (very humble) opinion, it tasted not only apple like (rather than pear - not surprising as no pear ever saw this brew), but it also tasted rather thin. I've thrown it in our "hot room" to condition. I'm rather worried I'm going to give most of this away.
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Default Re: Wilko's pear cider.

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Old 14-04-2013, 08:33 PM   #6
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Interesting Tony. I did actually get round to bottling mine last Sunday before I nearly missed my flight (another story) hence why I didn't mention it.

Someone mentioned to me that they rather liked "Scrumpy style" cider so I offered to bottle one up without any additional sugar to ensure it was kept flat. I also tried a bit.

In my (very humble) opinion, it tasted not only apple like (rather than pear - not surprising as no pear ever saw this brew), but it also tasted rather thin. I've thrown it in our "hot room" to condition. I'm rather worried I'm going to give most of this away.
Mine was a really powerful pear flavour almost alcopop in strength. But is mellowing out and becoming a little cidery.
I poured a little tumbler last night and it had quite a good head on it which probably comes from the malt, at least it has cleared now. (Not used to having a head on my cider ) So fingers crossed it may turn out to be quite a nice drink.
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Old 14-04-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: Wilko's pear cider.

I did this kit last year and left at least two months in the bottle before trying it. Pretty happy and the two cases I gave away both reported that it was good. Will be getting another on for the summer when my house sale inspired brewing break is over
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Default Re: Wilko's pear cider.

So this hasn't turned out quite the way I wanted it to.

Recipe was made up;

1kg of Brew Enhancer
300g Sugar
3 litres of apple juice
With priming, it's probably ~6% (5.78% before priming - 1.050 down to 1.006)

So that's more than enough sugar.

It smelt peary enough, but when I was bottling it, it tasted more appley cider.

Anyway, I threw it in the hot room for a couple of weeks, prime batched.

I took a bottle out. Smells like pear cider, but by George it's very, very dry. Like proper dry cider.
Packs a punch mind (well it would do at 6%).

The missus says she'll have a go, but only with a bit of blackcurrant. Suits me, mind.
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Default Re: Wilko's pear cider.

Chucked one of these in a FV this afternoon with 2kg of granulated sugar and got a OG of 1060.
So a whopping 6.9% if it gets to the suggested 1008.
Smells deelish and very artificially "pear drop" like, like kopperberg et al.
Quite looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
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Old 15-05-2013, 05:39 PM   #10
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Default Re: Wilko's pear cider.

I tried another couple of these last week it is definitely improving with age.
It's starting to lose the alco pop taste and tastes a little more "Real" if you know what I mean.
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