Howdy there, Do you have lemons on a tree like mine, occasionally molested by damn marsupials? Do you have kids piffing lemons at unsuspecting neighbors? Have you often though, damn i should getting more bang for buck out of my lemons to life ratio? I pilfered this from BrewCraft so all credit. Would you make any amendments? I am almost tempted to try a bittering hop light like a fuggle just for experimental purposes. Aroma Dr. Rudi maybe with a dry hop? Hard Lemonade (Alcoholic) semi-sweet alcoholic lemonade of about 4.5% strength. You can vary the sweetness by varying the amount of lactose in the recipe or make it dry by leaving the lactose out altogether (see notes) Ingredients: • 2kg dextrose • 500g lactose • 12-24 lemons, sliced or chopped fine including peel • up to 50g crushed or grated fresh ginger (optional) • 5g yeast nutrient • 1 sachet SAFale yeast • Water to make up 22 litres of wort Method: • Heat 5 litres of water then add dextrose, lactose, lemons & ginger & simmer for 20 minutes. • Sterilize your fermenter according to directions on the sterilizing compound. • Add about 12 litres of cold water into your fermenter. Strain the hot mixture into the fermenter. • Top up with cold water to the 22 litre mark add the yeast nutrient & stir well. • Make sure the temperature is 30C or less & add the yeast, fit a fermentation lock in the lid of the fermenter & half fill it with water. • The fermentation should start within 24 hours although it usually ony takes a couple of hours to start. When it starts, bubbles should be rising through the lemonade & stream through the water in the airlock. • Allow the lemonade to ferment until it stops then allow it to settle & clear for 48 hours. • Prime bottles. Or keg. • Fill the bottle to about 50mm from the top then seal it firmly with a crown seal or screw cap. • Store these bottles in a warm place for a week or 2 to allow them to condition. Notes: You can vary the quantities of lemons & ginger to suit your own taste. You cannot use sugar or glucose to sweeten a bottle fermented drink like this because it will cause the bottles to explode. I will prime them with sucrose so This lemonade is sweetened with lactose which is a non-fermentable sweetener. You can add more or less lactose to suit your own taste. As a rough guide, lactose is about half as sweet as sugar.