Never tried it but mostly because it means another implement to wash
I put it in the freezer overnight and then when it defrosts it naturally turns to a pulp. If it doesn't pulp the first time freeze and defrost again. Then mix in the sugar without water and give it a good stir and let the rest happen. I have one in 3 demijohns at the minute which were made back in June 16 and are now very clear. I have added ginger root to this one as well for a change.