I wanted to do an apple/grape mix, but the local Tesco doesn't have any 100% grape juice, not even from concentrate. Aldi always has it, but that's a little out of my way. Nah, I'll go with a replacement.
I grabbed the usual 1.5 liter carton of apple juice and a liter of 100% prune juice for some extra fruity fermentation potential. Prune juice is basically plum juice, right...?
|Apple and Prune Juice|
The rest of the usual suspects were assembled. I steeped and smashed up some sultanas (raisins) in hot water with a teabag. Demerara sugar and yeast nutrient were added and dissolved with some fresh hot water.
|The Usual Suspects|
|Steeping and Mushing Sultanas|
I remembered during the steeping that I had one more wild card ingredient ready. We had some more cheap crystallized honey, and as long as I was getting experimental, this honey was going in. I had to pour in some boiling water and microwave the jar to soften it up.
|The Dark Horse|
With the honey and sugar in place, I only had to mix it all together, pitch in the yeast, and shake to aerate.
|Little Bit of Everything Cider|
We'll see how it turns out...