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.