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Pear or Apple Schnapps

Denise am 21.03.2006 04:13:10 | Region: New Zealand
Does anyone have a detailed recipe for making pear or apple schnapps. I would like quantities of fruit, water, yeast etc etc ... anything and everything that will help me make a good brew of swiss schnapps. Also what's the difference between swiss or any other nationality schnapps?
Thanks

RE: Pear or Apple Schnapps

Moonshine am 08.12.2008 20:39:01 | Region: canada
German word Schnaps (plural, Schnäpse), which can refer to any strong alcoholic drink but particularly those containing at least 32% ABV (64 proof).
To make pear our apple Schnaps. Put your pears or apples through a meat grinder. If you don't have a meat grinder, smash your fruit with a hammer. Put the ground fruit in your barrel, fill the barrel to no more then ten inches from from the top, you need room for the gases. As you fill the barrell with fruit ad some sugar (dextrose, white, or brown sugar), doesn't matter which kind, about 8kg for apples 6kg for pears (pears naturally have more sugar).DO NOT ADD YEAST. Loosely put the lid on the barrell. After two days stirr, loosely put the lid on then leave fruit to ferment for 3 weeks. Take your mash and squeeze all the juice out with a wine press. Now you have an easy to work with liquid mash, that is ready to be distilled. Removeing the solids keeps them from burning to the bottom of the still, which also makes your end product taste burnt.

RE: Pear or Apple Schnapps

captain sorted am 04.10.2009 00:31:27 | Region: uk
do i put any liquid in and if so how much and how much sugar i am makeing both pear and apple.

RE: Pear or Apple Schnapps

Tc am 10.10.2011 05:47:56 | Region: US
We bring schnapps back from CH quite a bit except this time-its now time to figure out how to make to keep a stock.

To ratio the sugar correctly how big is the barrel?

RE: Pear or Apple Schnapps

Tom am 13.10.2011 10:38:39 | Region: CA
Because it's suggested not to add yeast, I would guess it's 8 kg for appr. 80 to 100 litres mash.
In case of using yeast, especially Turbo-yeast (google for suppliers) it's appr. 8 kg for 25 Litres.

RE: Pear or Apple Schnapps

newtoit am 10.02.2012 07:22:22 | Region: us
In the case that yeast was used how long would it have to ferment before filtering and distilling, and why is it recomended not to use yeast?

RE: Pear or Apple Schnapps

Ed Oshaben am 03.10.2013 15:39:30 | Region: US
When I grind the pears, do I need to worry about worms in the pears. I'm using organic pears that have not been sprayed. I'm thinking the distillation process will purify the worm juice.