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What is apple concentrate?
Apple concentrate is produced by removing water from freshly pressed apple juice by evaporation under vacuum. This concentrates the natural sugars in the juice and makes it easier to store and transport.
How can this concentrate be used?
British Apple Co suggest you use 6 parts water to 1 part concentrate to re-make this to the original apple juice. The Brix level is 70%. You can use this as a flavour ingredient alongside your local fresh apple juices to impart high levels of tannin that give a wonderful mouthfeel, complex flavour and great colour and body to your hard cider.
Where is the apple concentrate from?
British Bittersweet concentrate high provenance concentrate is derived from dedicated orchards on British Apple Co’s own farms, with known varieties, discrete segregation of fruits and juice. Full traceability. Their farms are all recognised by the assured produce scheme. Positive release of product following full analytical analysis for toxicology.
This apple variety dates from around the early 1900’s. It was found by William Dabinett and grown as a natural seedling in a hedge in South Petherton, Somerset. Classed as a “Bittersweet Cider Apple,” Dabinett has a small, yellow green fruit – flecked with red and usually harvested in November in the UK. The flesh is green and aromatic. The apple tree itself has a relatively small and spreading habit and it also has a high resistance to apple scab.
The juice is characterised as having high tannin and low acid.
It is the “terroir” that makes these adjoining counties so special. Right in the heart of England, on the border of Wales, these two counties have exceptionally high quality soils, excellent year-round rainfall and a mild maritime climate. Today almost none of the apples grown in these two counties are irrigated, making them some of the most sustainable apples grown in the world.
The mild British climate throughout the growing season allows the apples to slowly mature producing fruit with excellent complexity and balance of flavour. It is often said that apples grown in the UK are some of the best tasting apples in the world and apples have grown in Herefordshire and Worcestershire for thousands of years.
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