So, in sampling and not thinking, I "double-carbed" the limeade! Checked it today and it was EXPLOSIVE!! Oops! I also forgot to take SG so I'm not sure what it finished out at...Here's what I did:
I racked both gallon and 1/2 gallon jugs to primary and backsweetened with 1/2 can thawed limeade and 3/4 cup of sugar (took some racked hard limeade and dissolved sugar in it). Stirred and stirred and stirred! Then racked to six 12 oz beer bottles. I then (stupidly not thinking!) added 3 Muntons carb tabs to each bottle, capped and set aside. To the remaining amount in primary, (I spilled some), I added 1 bottle of McCormick's Raspberry Extract, 1 crushed Campden tablet and 1/4 tsp potassium sorbate. Stir, stir, stir and then racked to a gallon jug and refrigerated.
Non-carbed sample: Nice, sweet lime taste upfront and then delicious raspberry taste on the back end. Very nice - not overly sweet and very tasty; no alcohol taste as fairly low. (Again, didn't take SG so not sure how it finished.)
Carbed sample: Nice lime flavoring. Sweet but no more than a Mike's Hard Limeade; tasted similar to Mike's. Overly carbed, but that can be fixed!SO HERE'S MY QUESTION: How do I change this to a 5 gallon batch?
I'm going to carbonate it all and add the raspberry flavoring to half (I have some raspberry beer flavoring that I may use as the McCormick extract was delish but very expensive!!! I may see if I can find a cheaper type). My concern is how much sugar? Using Yooper's recipe, it's 1.5 lbs to a gallon but that would be 7 1/2 lbs. Is that too much? Rocket fuel?
10 cans frozen limeade
5 tsp. yeast nutrient
5 tsp. yeast energizer
1 pkt Champagne yeast
5 gallons of water
??? sugar ???
4-5 cans of limeade
??? 3 3/4 cups sugar???
Raspberry flavoring of some sort for 1/2 batch (2.5 gallons)
Your thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated! This was very good!