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#1 mightyDOB

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 11:04 PM

hi all,

I took advantage of the Tesco offer and grabbed a few boxes of Westons still cider. Just wondering if anyone ever frozen boxes (bags) of cider before, was thinking I would freeze a couple so there is a chance they will be cold later in the festival.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 11:24 PM

QUOTE (mightyDOB @ Jun 9 2010, 12:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hi all,

I took advantage of the Tesco offer and grabbed a few boxes of Westons still cider. Just wondering if anyone ever frozen boxes (bags) of cider before, was thinking I would freeze a couple so there is a chance they will be cold later in the festival.

Advice appreciated B)


My experience is that would be a bad thing. Brothers or fizzy stuff would be OK but Westons I would expect taste horrible unless fully Thawed.

If I was you I would decant some into plastic bottle at home and try....

However I suspect that once thawed it will be like drinking rancid piss as the flavour will have been tarnished.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 05:03 AM

I think I would do what the OP said, freeze a small bottle allow to defrost and drink to see how it copes...

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 05:35 AM

Don't ruin the cider! Just pop it under your groundsheet for an hour or so before you drink it and it'll be lovely and chilled.

#5 luckyg

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 08:21 AM

this may be an urban myth but when i have left things in the freezer by mistake i find it to be true...................freezing alcohol makes the drink lose the alcohol.

last year i just brought them to almost freezing and then kept them in an ice box, 48 cans of magners.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 11:51 AM

QUOTE (luckyg @ Jun 9 2010, 08:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
this may be an urban myth but when i have left things in the freezer by mistake i find it to be true...................freezing alcohol makes the drink lose the alcohol.

last year i just brought them to almost freezing and then kept them in an ice box, 48 cans of magners.


I'm sure that must be Myth. It'll take the fizz out but can't see how the alcohol could escape. It has a lower freezing point than water so will still be fluid whilst all the juicey bits are ice - but it can't go anywhere and would just mix up again when it's defrosted.

I've frozen vodka (deliberately) before and its been fine, can't see why a fruit based drink would be any different.

It would probably ruin the flavour of cider though

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 11:51 AM

Cheers for replies all,

Seems the general consensus is don't, which is fine by me donít want to risk the taste of the lovely stuff. Wonít bother with the test because I have zero will power and I know as soon as I open the box I will end up drinking it before glasto!

I will try the ground sheet idea because I remember reading that somewhere else too, I don't mind if it's not freezing anyway. Slightly warm cider is certainly better than warm larger!

Cheers again for replies smile.gif


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Posted 09 June 2010 - 11:58 AM

Maybe I'm being thick but....why would it lose it's flavour because of freezing it?!

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 01:31 PM



Has anyone tried this new pear cider ? - £2.97 for 2 litres

http://www.tesco.com...s/?id=266418197

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 03:08 PM

QUOTE (Mr.Tickle @ Jun 9 2010, 12:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe I'm being thick but....why would it lose it's flavour because of freezing it?!

It wouldn't "lose" it's flavour entirely, but basically the flavour would be impaired because - unless you're using Heston Blumenthal's kitchen to do it - it'll separate as it freezes.

You'd probably not really notice (or care) if it was Strongbow but you almost certainly would with something like Westons.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 03:08 PM

Ok, when it defrosts though doesn't it mix together again?

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 03:58 PM

QUOTE (Mr.Tickle @ Jun 9 2010, 04:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok, when it defrosts though doesn't it mix together again?


This. Yes.

I think the issues you'd have would be if you tried to drink it when it was only partially thawed.

Which, of course, you'd do, if you were at your campsite and that's all you had smile.gif

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 08:47 PM

QUOTE (Mr.Tickle @ Jun 9 2010, 04:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok, when it defrosts though doesn't it mix together again?

You'd need to "assist" the mixing because it defrosts at different rates as the previous poster says, so when it's completely defrosted, untouched, you'll have two different layers essentially - which is why it tastes "different".

The OP is about cider, granted, but take a bottle of wheat beer, or some such - if you can bear to waste it - freeze it and defrost it again for a visual example of the separation I'm on about.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 08:52 PM

Freezing organic things can break down the structure of the substance as the water in it expands, which is why meat always tastes different after freezing. I don't see why it wouldn't affect cider taste too. To what degree I've got no idea though.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 09:36 PM

If you freeze cider, what you will get is Applejack - twice as strong as cider.

http://www.ehow.com/...-applejack.html

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 10:48 PM

i did exactly this last year (freezing a box of Westons) it tasted exactly the same once it had thawed out , no problems what so ever.

remove the bladder from the box and dring a small glass (about 300ml) in order to leave room for expansion as it freezes


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Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:54 PM

Ok, bumped this from 2010 because it's important info right now. I've got 5 boxes of 3 litre Westons cider boxes. Whats's the 2011 thoughts on freezing this stuff and adding the bladders to my huge coolbox? How long to thaw, will it lose alcohol, will it taste just as good?