We initially tried to create something without ascorbic acid because we wanted our products to be COMPLETELY pure. We peeled, cored and de-seeded our pears and tried to bottle the juice. Unfortunately, it smelled but didn't visually look or even have a fermented taste. It was unacceptable to us... so we scrapped the entire batch.
We researched, called around and created another product. Problem after problem (sourcing ingredients/supplies, delivery delays, etc) arose as we tried to bottle the product. This occurred for the next 3 weeks.
Then, we pushed through and decided it was full steam ahead (problems and all).
The day came we were supposed to bottle. I had to get up at 2AM in order to be prepared for the 4AM run. Around 3:45AM I was pulled over in the middle of heavy fog. The officer said he pulled me over because I was speeding (@ 75mph) and swerving (because I was exhausted). He asked me if I was drinking (of course not) and let me off with a warning. I was so thankful as I really don't need another ticket to add to my record. By 4AM I was thinking positive thoughts and realized that we all contribute to "nice-ness" in this world. The officer really helped me make it through the day (with the warning to stay alert). It was actually a very positive experience as I felt "good" because of it.
It's been a couple weeks since the run and the problems have not stopped coming with this batch. It's been bottled and everything but I'm just happy with it (the taste). So, I'm thinking about scrapping it again.
Actually, this whole thing has turned into a good experience. Because of it, I've learned more about production and planning for the unexpected. And, we how have an even better product on the way.
I haven't stopped trying to create the best product EVER... and I think we are really close here. I hope you all bear with me (and are flexible with the taste) because the product I'm working on now is a peeled, organic pear juice without any vitamin C or anything! Crossing my fingers that it works out... and I'll definitely let you all in on the progress. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I'll talk with you all later!