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Old 01-30-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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I was wondering if adding a cup of brown sugar to my already week old fermenting cider was a bad idea? I realize this might be a stupid question so please be gentle.

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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It will increase the alcohol content a smidge...and prolong the process a little, but I really don't see why it would be a bad idea...

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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It will increase the alcohol content a smidge...and prolong the process a little, but I really don't see why it would be a bad idea...
Agreed. Not a bad idea at all. I think your yeasties will even appreciate being fed NOW instead of in the beginning. I love the flavor that brown sugar adds to cider. It's subtle, but gives a nice little caramel hint.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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No issues. You didn't change it very much either. Unless this is a 1 gallon batch (would still be subtle).

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How much could I add to a 5 gal batch to make a difference in flavor? I started the batch with 2 cups of cane sugar and 5 gal of apple juice....or should I just add this on bottling day for flavor?

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In my experience, 2 Cups (loosely packed brown sugar) in 5 gallons usually adds about .010 points.

So if I start with 1.050...2 cups will usually raise my gravity to 1.060

I should be using weight for this, but since it doesn't have to be exact, I just eyeball it

(The disclaimer is...my measurements might be different that yours)

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I added 2/3 of a cup of brown sugar to my first Apfelwein and didn't pick out any flavors. I added 1 lb (2.3 cups) to my second and its more noticeable but not dominant. I ended up with an OG of 1.062 for this second batch, but I also added 3 cans of frozen apple concentrate and a tidge of splenda.

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How much could I add to a 5 gal batch to make a difference in flavor? I started the batch with 2 cups of cane sugar and 5 gal of apple juice....or should I just add this on bottling day for flavor?
You won't pick it out easily, brown is nothing more than cane with molasses added back in. Want that flavor add molasses.
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