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Growster...

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Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« on: May 07, 2016, 10:37 »
Has anyone tried making this with an extra strong yeast?

We have a lot of blackcurrant bushes, and there comes a time when an alternative use for them becomes a plan...

I'd reckon an Alcotec yeast could take it up to about 20%, but any other ideas would be very welcome!


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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2016, 21:35 »
I just squish my blackcurrants, toss in the sugar and vodka and leave for a month in a dark place, which is where I have to go when I drink too much of it.

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2016, 23:23 »
So how much sugar do you chuck in, Mrs Bee?

Can it ferment out properly?

Sounds lovely though!

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2016, 19:26 »
450g blackcurrants
600ml gin or brandy or vodka

crush blackcurrants, top with the gin and leave in a dark place for 2 months,

Strain out the blackcurrants and add 175g of sugar to each pint of liquid.

Pour into a container and leave for 2days stirring occasionally.

Finally strain through muslin and store in a cool dark place for 6 months before using.
It is not as sweet as the commercial stuff.


I used some of mine to soak some sponge cakes which I layered with mascarpone whipped with a little sugar and more cassis, and a blackcurrant compote.  I then spread more of the cream over the outside of the cake and rolled the side in grated chocolate. Made a little happy birthday plaque to go on the top for Mr Bee today. He loves blackcurrants.

We had a glass of cassis to go with it too.

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2016, 21:41 »
Oooohhh Mrs Bee, that sounds yummy! xx  I love blackcurrants too, but Brian doesn't.

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2016, 06:18 »
Now that sounds just marvellous, Mrs Bee!

Way to go in my opinion!

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2016, 08:29 »
Could I use frozen berries? Would I defrost hem first, I've all last years soft fruit in the freezer,with one thing & another I didn't do anything with it all,so gooseberries,black,white & red currents, only thing is I didn't top & tail them

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2016, 08:30 »
Hem= them, no edit button anymore

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2016, 15:06 »
We'd have to defrost them Snowdrops, and it would make a big hole in our freezer if we did too!

I've ordered a Super Atomic Powered Yeast online, so that I'll blitz the lot and get about 20% alcohol into the bargain!

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2016, 20:47 »
Could I use frozen berries? Would I defrost them first, I've all last years soft fruit in the freezer,with one thing & another I didn't do anything with it all,so gooseberries,black,white & red currents, only thing is I didn't top & tail them

Yep, frozen berries are fine. I used frozen berries.

I shouldn't think not topping and tailing them would matter as you will be filtering them through a coffee filter or fine muslin.

I take it the currants are off the stalks, as I don't think I would put the stalks in.

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2016, 20:52 »
Yes they're off the stalks. Growster, let me know how the yeast option goes,might try that another time

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2016, 20:53 »
How long will it keep without the yeast?

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2016, 18:30 »
Well in our house not long, because we drink it.  ::)

But at least a year.

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2016, 20:05 »
Yes they're off the stalks. Growster, let me know how the yeast option goes,might try that another time

I sure will!

We've got a 24 hr one and a 48 hr one, and I'm working out all the quants as we speak! The yeast packs are real beasts, they weigh a pound each!

I'll probably just chuck the whole lot of fruit together as I normally do, and get a result that way!

Life's to short to calculate a Cassis strength...

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Re: Blackcurrant liqueur (Cassis)...
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2017, 10:31 »
How did it go?

I'm looking at this year's crop ripening and thinking that there is going to be a lot there!  Cassis is a staple round here .... and I usually use Mrs B's method.
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