hist-brewing: Cider to taste

Richard Richard at WowMe.com
Mon Dec 6 05:31:49 PST 1999

I thought I would share this with everyone as it cost me a mint to learn.
Some of you make cider and have probably experienced, as I have, the person who turns their nose up at it, because it is dry.  Well, some of the kits suggest adding a teaspoon of table sugar to the glass, at serving time, to make it more palatable for these people.  This has two adverse effects:
    1)  It makes the cider bubble over anything you put it in (sparkling ciders).
    2)  It makes the cider that much more un-palatable!
Most of you probably know that table sugar in alcohol is the major no-no!  It makes anything taste like cider and cider taste like super cider.  ;)

Sooooo, I set out to find a good (natural) sweetener to add to cider that would actually improve it's taste or at least not take away from it.  I can tell you I tried EVERYTHING!  Fructose came in second, but made it far too tart.  What came in first was Maple Sugar.
I have actually served someone the cider, they freaked and I returned later with a "new" cider (added Maple Sugar) and they said. "This one is MUCH better!"  They really didn't believe it was the same cider, even after I told them.
You should be able to find Maple Sugar at your local market.  If not, maple syrup does work too.
I usually add about a teaspoon of this powder to the glass at serving time.
If you add it into your bottle, or fermenter, it will probably ferment and compound the original issue.
Well, there it is, thought some of you might be able to gain from my hard earned dollars spent on sweeteners of every kind.  (Yes, I even tried several varieties of molasses!).

BTW, I noticed that even though my mailer has a new feature that claims it WON'T send receipt requests to a mailing list, it seems to be doing it anyway.  I know this is obnoxious and a pain to all of you.  Please bear with me.  I am trying to get it turned off or find a way to turn it off when I write specific messages.
Unfortunately, this feature is something that is needed for work, so I can't just turn the whole thing off.  I'm working on it!

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