The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Artificial sweeteners

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-01-2011, 02:13 AM   #1
Buck21
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sioux City, IA
Posts: 8
Default Artificial sweeteners

I've got a cider that is about to finish fermenting and I want to sweeten it at the end with some kind of artificial sweetener. I was planning on using xylitol, till I read about the possible side effects it can have (the runs ), so now I am leaning towards Stevia or Truvia. Anyone used either of these? If so, would you recommend them? Any other artificial sweeteners anyone would recommend? In the future I am wanting to go the natural sweetener route (adding concentrate, stopping fermentation at a higher gravity, etc.), but this being my first cider I decided to go the easier way. Thanks!

__________________
Buck21 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-01-2011, 06:57 AM   #2
divi2323
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Blue Island, IL
Posts: 375
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts

Default

I've used stevia. I added two tsp for a 5 gallon batch and thought it was perfect. I then primed with aj concentrate and bottled. After carving, threw a few in the fridge. The sweetness at least for me really came out when chilled and carbed.

Overall I like it and its natural. Be careful of oversweetening it though.

Side note, my second 5 gal batch I added 3 cans of Apple/Cranberry concentrate and one aj concentrate. It is sweet and tart, and a great hit at thanksgiving and the holidays in general. For this I bottled and pasteurized 3 days later. Read the pasturization sticky. Even if you don't intend to do it, there is a whole collective wealth of cider making info in it for anyone.

__________________
divi2323 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-01-2011, 07:15 AM   #3
rycov
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: conway SC., South Carolina
Posts: 1,923
Liked 21 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

are you bottling or kegging? will this cider be carbonated?

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrk00k View Post
I'm getting ingredients in the mail today, and I can't even taste my beer yet. What should I do?
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsweet View Post
I would make a yeast starter, and pitch it into your mailbox.
rycov is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-01-2011, 12:19 PM   #4
Buck21
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sioux City, IA
Posts: 8
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rycov View Post
are you bottling or kegging? will this cider be carbonated?
I will be bottling and carbonating, planning on just using dextrose to prime, but what divi did sounds good to, so I may consider using aj concentrate.
__________________
Buck21 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-05-2011, 10:01 PM   #5
stargate_to_Earth
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 35
Default

I'm totally new to this but you could try lactose, according to the brew-masters around that I have asked it will sweeten without fermenting and without the side effects of artificial's. Also I haven't tried mine yet (just started it) but apparently it doesn't even remind you of milk.

__________________
stargate_to_Earth is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Artificial aging/conditioning. Bender Cider Forum 0 12-09-2008 03:44 AM