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Old 07-17-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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Default Backsweeten and bottling ?

I have just racked into a carboy. I added k-meta and sorbate, how long should I wait before back sweetening? After back sweetening how long before bottling?

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Old 07-18-2013, 02:37 PM   #2
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I wait few weeks before sweetening. If you like, you can test after a couple weeks if you like by putting some sugar in a pop bottle with some cider in it to see if it starts fermenting by a week or so.

How long before bottling?
Particularly if you're not good at avoiding drinking it while in the carboy/jugs ... then bottle immediately, as long as it's settled and clear.

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Old 07-19-2013, 12:38 PM   #3
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I back sweeten at bottling time. I've heard of some folks waiting a week before bottling after adding the sweetener but I think it's just a personal preference.

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If bottling to carbonate get a plastic soda bottle and fill it up, when it's firm go ahead and stove top pasturise and you'll not have bottle bombs.

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I never bother pasteurizing our cider. I have made many of them. I bottle and carb like I would any other ale. The have all turned out great. I just had a bottle tonight that had been in the bottle for over a year. The flavor profile hasn't changed from what I remember it being.

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