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Adam's Hard Lemonade

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After scouring the forums for a while, I've decided to try my hand at a hard lemonade drink.

I'd originally planned on doing two different brews: a lemonade and a fruit punch. But after playing around with qBrew a bit I think I'm going to try a single brew that combines the lemonade and some fruit punch. If it turns out well, then I'll attempt a repeat or a similar product in the near future.

Anyway, here's the recipe from qBrew. I plan to brew this tomorrow, but would love any feedback that folks might have.

Adam's Hard Lemonade
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Brewer: Snider Brewing Company
Style: Generic Ale
Batch: 2.13 gal Extract

Characteristics
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Recipe Gravity: 1.062 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 0 IBU
Recipe Color: 1° SRM
Estimated FG: 1.015
Alcohol by Volume: 6.0%
Alcohol by Weight: 4.7%

Ingredients
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Corn Sugar 2.00 lb, Sugar, Other
No Name Berry Bunch 0.29 lb, Sugar, Other
No Name Berry Punch 0.29 lb, Sugar, Other
No Name Lemonade 0.25 lb, Sugar, Other
No Name Lemonade 0.25 lb, Sugar, Other
No Name Lemonade 0.25 lb, Sugar, Other
No Name Lemonade 0.25 lb, Sugar, Other


Lactose 1.00 unit, Additive, 1 unit = 500g = 1.1lbs
Lalvin EC-1118 Sparkling Wine Yeast 1.00 unit, Yeast, 1 unit = 5g
Lemon Juice 1.00 unit, Flavor, 1 unit = 1 cup

Notes
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Recipe Notes:
1. Begin yeast starter.
2. Dissolve corn sugar and lactose in 6 cups of boiling water.
3. Add sugar water solution to LBK.
4. Add juice concentrate to LBK.
5. Add 1 cup lemon juice to LBK.
6. Top up with cold water and stir vigorously to ensure concentrate is mixed in.
7. Pitch yeast.

Batch Notes:

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Interesting.....how long do you ferment? Condition after bottling? Do you prime when bottling?

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There have been a few other threads that talk about this. It sounds like fermentation can be a bit slow with this type of brew but it should take about 3 weeks. Carbing is optional depending on what you want, but I'll probably do it (the recommendation seems to be about 3/4 the priming sugar Mr. Beer suggests for beer).

Conditioning time varies. It sounds like it can be fine after two weeks, so I'll probably test a bottle at that. If it's good, I'll pop some more in the fridge. If it isn't, I'll continue conditioning at room temperature and testing another bottle each week until it tastes like it's done conditioning.

Related threads, from which I got some good info:

http://community.mrbeer.com/forum/9-basic-recipes/239264-brewed-2-fruity-hard-drinks-for-my-wife
http://community.mrbeer.com/forum/9-basic-recipes/306062-mano-s-hard-pink-lemonade
http://community.mrbeer.com/forum/20-advanced-recipes/86954-25-hard-lemonade-take-2

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Hoo boy, did I ever miscalculate!

According to qBrew, my OG should have been 1.062, which would give me an ABV of 6%. My hydrometer reading indicated that my OG is actually 1.088, which will put me at roughtly double that (approx. 12% ABV). Now, some of that is the lactose, but I can't imagine that the lactose alone accounts for a 0.026 difference between predicted and actual OG. This is going to a BIG brew -- almost more like a lemon wine than a hard lemonade.

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Could you potentially dillute this with more water to lower the ABV? Probably too late at this point.

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"SlickRick07" post=388920 said:

Could you potentially dillute this with more water to lower the ABV? Probably too late at this point.

I could, but it would probably only knock off a point or two at the most, since the LBK can't hold much more than 2.5 gallons and I've already got it filled to 2.13 gallons. I'm just going to leave it alone and maybe print a label with a skull and crossbones logo for the bottles. ;)

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"SlickRick07" post=388939 said:

I'm sure it'll still be worth drinking!

Definitely. I think it'll taste good, it'll just knock you on your ass if you have more than one or two in a sitting! :party:

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Sounds like something we used to make at the lake.

Half gallon of vodka, one 2 Litre Sprite, 1/4 cup sugar and the juice of 10 lemons and 5 limes squeezed in.

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