Apple juice instead of apples?

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  1. Hawkbox

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    I make a Spice ale and the recipe calls for apples and it turned out well last year except I screwed myself trying to get the damned apples out of the brew kettle.

    Would replacing it with apple juice work? And if so in what ratio as apples obviously aren't pure juice.

    This is the recipe I'm aiming at. https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/542034/spiced-winter-ale
     
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    Short answer, yes. Longer answer, dump some juice into your hydrometer jar or on your refractometer and see how much sugar is in the juice.
     
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    Just figure the gravity points the apples contributed and add the corresponding amount of apple juice and water to replace that and hit your volume. Might take a bit of playing around, but shouldn't be too hard to do.
     
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    I think dad used to call that AppleJack, without the spices (apples and raisins in beer). Looks tasty. Apples are listed as 5.6 ppg as a fermentable but I'm sure AJ would have lots more sugar. Just dice up the apple a little finer?
     
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    The maths: Apple juice should be around 50 ppg but measure and be sure. Damned Conventional units! 54.25 points of the recipe (still working in ppg) were from the apples. So you'll need just over a pound of apple juice, say 500 grams within rounding.
     
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    The juice I'm going to be using has an SG of 1.050 so the math should be straight forward.
     
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    My main concern was that I was committing some cardinal sin I didn't know about.
     
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    Be sure you get apple juice with no preservative. The potassium sorbate plays havoc with yeast.
     
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    Luckily the Sun-Rype liter cartons from Costco are preservative free and I use them to make cider for my wife. I have 3 of them left over from the last batch, hence my thought process on this.
     
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    A half-package (500 ml) should be close enough for jazz. That would be just over 500 grams, more sugar than intended but hey, apple flavor is mild enough that the extra won't be noticeable.
     
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    Yeah I'm only looking for a little of the apple zing in the beer, not any real alcohol. Thanks for the assist.
     
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    The Cardinal sin is Apple flavor in Beer!
     
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    Eh, my wife likes it. Cinnamon doesn't belong either in my opinion.
     

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