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Old 12-14-2009, 08:26 PM   #1
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I have a cider that has aged 6 months. It is a bit dry. If I add Sorbistat-k and Potassium Metabisulfite can I back sweeten with something other than artificial sweeteners (ie juice, table sugar, etc)? I do not want to use artificial sweeteners because they all taste bad. How long do I need to wait to ad sweeter after I add the Sorbistat-k and Potassium Metabisulfite? Then how long do I wait to bottle?


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Old 12-14-2009, 09:11 PM   #2
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I like to add the sulfites and sorbate, wait a day or two, then sweeten. I'd sweeten to just a little less than you'd like- it seems like it always gets sweeter in the bottle.

You can use honey, sugar, etc, if you stabilize it first, without any problem of refermentation.

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How long do you wait to bottle after sweeting (ie to prevent bottle bombs)?

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I'd wait a couple of days, just to make sure there is no refermentation.
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How are determining refermintation? A hydrometer or if bubbles appear?

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Yes, hydrometer and/or if bubbles appear.

Bubbles aren't a reliable sign of fermentation- bubbles can happen for any number of weather related resons, for example. But if there is significant bubbling after sweetening and there wasn't before, that could be a sign that the sorbate and sulfite didn't quite finish the job and fermentation restarted. A hydrometer, over a couple of days, will confirm.
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