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Old 06-30-2013, 07:12 PM   #1691
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How long did it take from start to bottles?
Been turning about 3-3 1/2 weeks from start to glass and that includes clearing with Sparklloid
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:26 PM   #1692
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How long did it take from start to bottles?
I'll check my notes when I get home but I'm thinking about 6-7 weeks. That includes the 10-14 day wait after the Sparkolloid (sp?) addition for it to clear and waiting a couple of weeks after back sweetening it.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:08 PM   #1693
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I'll check my notes when I get home but I'm thinking about 6-7 weeks. That includes the 10-14 day wait after the Sparkolloid (sp?) addition for it to clear and waiting a couple of weeks after back sweetening it.
I backsweetened my most recent batch at bottling and it turned out just fine. The sugar dissolves right away.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:56 PM   #1694
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Took two large bottles of my first batch of SP to a bachelor party this weekend and it was a hit

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Old 07-01-2013, 03:39 PM   #1695
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I backsweetened my most recent batch at bottling and it turned out just fine. The sugar dissolves right away.
It does dissolve fast but I was following the directions and they recommend waiting a bit to make sure it doesn't restart the fermentation with the addition of the sugar. Since this is my first attempt at this particular brew I followed the directions.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:22 PM   #1696
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Thought I would give it a try ......


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Old 07-02-2013, 04:57 AM   #1697
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Looking at my brewing notes: (all according to provided instructions)

5-18 - OG of 1.070
5-20 - Pitched yeast - Lalvin EC-1118
5-27 - Gravity of 1.040, added more energizer, yeast nutrient and last bottle of lemon jiuce.
5-30 - Gravity at 1.014
5-31 - Racked to clean carboy, gravity 1.008
6-2 - Gravity .998 - Added Kmeta, Sorbate and Sparkolloid
6-16 - Added 6 cups of sugar to back sweeten
6-29 - Bottled, gravity at 1.020

Final ABV at 9.45%. I have had it over ice and also as a 50-50 mix with lemonade. It's outstanding

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Old 07-02-2013, 05:05 AM   #1698
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Just an FYI, your ABV is the OG minus final gravity before backsweetening...

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Old 07-02-2013, 05:06 AM   #1699
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Looking at my brewing notes: (all according to provided instructions)

5-18 - OG of 1.070
5-20 - Pitched yeast - Lalvin EC-1118
5-27 - Gravity of 1.040, added more energizer, yeast nutrient and last bottle of lemon jiuce.
5-30 - Gravity at 1.014
5-31 - Racked to clean carboy, gravity 1.008
6-2 - Gravity .998 - Added Kmeta, Sorbate and Sparkolloid
6-16 - Added 6 cups of sugar to back sweeten
6-29 - Bottled, gravity at 1.020

Final ABV at 6.56%. I have had it over ice and also as a 50-50 mix with lemonade. It's outstanding
Your Abv is wrong its actually 9.45% although as smooth as this stuff has come out for me I could easily see someone telling me its 6% instead of almost 10 and not giving it a second thought
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:00 PM   #1700
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Is 6 cups about right for back sweetening? This is my first batch. That seems like a bit much, but I have no idea really.

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