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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightblade View Post
    I love cider over beer any day I do. Crispin and Angry orchard for my everyday. We have some cider bars here in Denver but I don't care for their Ciders as they are too much like a dry champagne. I prefer mine sweet,unfiltered and strong . I'm also a big fan of Samuel Smith's Organic Cider. Mmmmm yummy Cider !
    Nightblade - have you tried Ace's cider?
    ACE Cider (California Cider Company) America's Best
    I'm not a big cider fan myself but wife likes it a lot and by association I get to taste a few cold ones.
    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neehooya View Post
    Nightblade - have you tried Ace's cider?
    ACE Cider (California Cider Company) America's Best
    I'm not a big cider fan myself but wife likes it a lot and by association I get to taste a few cold ones.
    Cheers.
    It seems somewhere down the cider path I may have tried it but although I remember the label ,I don't remember the taste ? It looks like something I would probably like.
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    Thought this might be of interest ............

    Making hard cider

    , putting non-pastuerized cider in a barrel will eventually ferment. It's a little more technical than that if you want something that's consistently drinkable, since there are issues like sufficient sugar content, acid levels, avoiding acetobactor contamination that will affect how good the final cider is.

    The second process is called fractional distillation and it is how New Englanders made Apple Jack (also called "Frozen Heart" some places.) Most fermented cider (unless there's been lots of sugar added) will ferment out at somewhere between 4-6% ABV. Now, since alcohol has a lower freezing termperature than water, if you put the cider out in the cold, the water will freeze, but the alcohol won't. If you continue to remove the water, the alcohol will eventually get concentrated. It is possible, in really cold places, to get a liquid that's as high as 40 proof.

    There is a problem with this, however. Actually several. It's illegal. Secondly, whereas a still tends to purify the alcohol content, the freezing method tends to concentrate the alcohol along with the impurities. Ethers. Aldehydes. Fusel oils. Ironically, the part that gets purified is the water, which is skimmed off.

    Applejack, therefore, has a long and storied reputation for providing a roaring buzz and an even more roaring hangover. Worse, there have been many reported cases of apple palsy over the years, probably from ingesting all those occasionally nasty hydrocarbons compounds.

    So, that's probably more than you wanted to know.

    One more note: these days most amateur cidermakers use glass or plastic fermentation vessels. Barrels are very high maintenence and are a lot of work to keep clean and sweet. If you don't, you may end up with 50 gallons of salad dressing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightblade View Post
    It seems somewhere down the cider path I may have tried it but although I remember the label ,I don't remember the taste ? It looks like something I would probably like.
    All the talk about cider made me take a detour on the way from home.
    Stopped by and picked up Ace Space.
    Chugged one bomber with wife, it was delicious. Highly recommend!

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