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Old 09-04-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Default Back sweetening and priming; Are both necessary to carb?

My cider is currently sitting at 1.010. I am going to bottle this week and I want to carb them. The cider taste a bit tart, so I am going to add a can of apple rasberry concentrate.

If I am going to back sweeten is the sugars in the concentrate enought to carb or do I also need to add priming sugars as well?

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Old 09-04-2012, 10:03 PM   #2
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The backsweetening is more than enough to carb. In fact, be careful as it can over carb quickly.

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #3
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If you're backsweetening without killing the yeast you may want to consider pasteurizing or refridgerating the bottles after they get to your desired carbonation level.

If you let them sit too long the yeast will eat all of the added sugars and:
1. It'll end up dry again; and
2. The bottles will probably explode.

Refridgerating the bottles will probably slow the yeast down enough to stop them but pasteurising is a bit more of a guarantee since you'd be killing the yeast rather than putting them into a dormant state.

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Old 09-05-2012, 12:26 AM   #4
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Yeah my plan was to pasteurize.

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Old 09-05-2012, 01:05 AM   #5
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My cider is currently sitting at 1.010. I am going to bottle this week and I want to carb them. The cider taste a bit tart, so I am going to add a can of apple rasberry concentrate.

If I am going to back sweeten is the sugars in the concentrate enought to carb or do I also need to add priming sugars as well?
If it's tasting a little too tart, you may want to think twice about using apple/raspberry concentrate. That might add a little more tartness. Don't get me wrong, I'll use that too now and then to backsweeten. Just thought it may be worth mentioning.
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