Two TC's using lowicz

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  1. Mar 10, 2018 #1

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    My lovely wife brought home a load of fruit from school that she was planning to use to teach some of the junior school kids a fruit salad. But due to snow days, it didn't happen and it needed using up.
    I'll have it,said I

    After most of it being stolen by a ravenous daughter, I ended up with a big bag of pears and 2 bags of kiwi.
    Mmm mmm, kiwi and strawberry tc
    Pop out to the local polish shop and pick up a strawberry and also a raspberry and cranberry syrup

    TC no 1
    Chop up the kiwi and pear and leave overnight in a liter of boiling water with a campden tablet
    Drain the juice into a 5l water bottle
    Add half a bottle of strawberry lowicz
    Add 3l finest Lidl apple juice
    1tsp Young's dried yeast
    OG1050
    Plan to use 5ml of lowizc to prime the bottles

    TC 2
    4l Lidl apple juice
    Half a bottle of cranberry and raspberry lowicz
    1tsp Young's dried yeast
    Plan to use 5ml of lowizc to prime the bottles
    OG 1055

    From past experience the Young's dried yeast will finish at about 1005, so looking at a pair of fruity little numbers of 5.5-6.5% abv

    This time I haven't added any tannin or lemon juice, so will be interested if this makes any difference.
     
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    Got a few on go with lowicz,
    Using Young’s yeast,
    Coming out at same 1005
    So 5.5-6.5, raspberry is bottled and come um nice with fizz,
    Tastes great, not too sweet, nice raspberry taste coming though .
     
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    both of mine are still bubbling away after 2 weeks - its taking its time, but i'm in no rush. although i am secretly wanting to try it asap - but i will resist!
     
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    Yep, I’ve had some going a while, think it’s the colder temp now
    Look forward to them being done
     
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    That's a fancy setup!
    Mine are in 5l water bottles with the tops to loosely!
     
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    Keeps growing lol
     
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    'Ow do!
    . . . and there's nowt wrong wi' that.
    What a great system - buy your water in 5 litre bottles, use the water to prepare the wine, use the bottles to ferment.
    They don't need to be washed before using them - a quick swish with sanitiser and away you go!
     
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    All bottles and carbed using a shot of syrup instead of sugar and spent the last week in the warmth of the airing cupboard.
    Both finished at 1000, so are about 6.5-7% - which is a bit loopy, but heyho

    Decided to crack one of each open tonight to get an early taste
    WOW
    The strawberry and kiwi is incredible.the smell of kiwo hits you in the face when the glass is still a foot away! I would have thought most of the flavour would have been eaten during the brew, but it's incredible on the nose. Taste is really clear, with a definite fruity strawberry after taste and it's a definite medium sweet cider.
    Properly properly good drink.
    If only it wasn't 6.5%, or this would be a session drink!!!

    Cranberry and raspberry is also a good tasting cider, moderately sweet and easy to drink...if a little unmemorable. Still very pleasant

    But damn, by God, Jesus, eeebygum - you can tell the difference when using real fruit in the brew.

    Both these bad boys are getting chucked in the cellar tomorrow and cold stored at 10c for the next month, whilst the next one's get put on. Summer is going to be a cidery one I reckon. Especially as I just got 16glass djs for £20
     

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    Sounds good
    Did you boil pears and kiwi or add to hot water?
     
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    Just added them to a pan and poured over some boiled water from the kettle and left them overnight.
    One thing I didn't put in my ingredients list was a quartered lemon
     
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    How many pears and kiwi?
     
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    Can't remember exactly, but it was probably about 6 pears and 8 kiwis
     
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    I just discovered 3 bottles of the kiwi and strawberry TC in the cellar from April and thought .... Oh, wonder how thats developed over time?

    Jeeeeeesus wept.
    The kiwi has faded a bit, but it is soooooo smooth.
    Absolutely no roughness, almost wine like in its depth and a much higher strawberry hit, as it's not being overpowered by the kiwi.
    Why oh why must I keep drinking all my TC so quickly? This stuff is epic if left alone for a few months at a cool temp in the dark.
     

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