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Old 12-18-2008, 12:26 AM   #1
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Default Can I Backsweeten AND Bottle Prime?

So I get the basics of bottle prime/carbing and I get the basics of adding K+ yeast killer and then sugar to backsweeten.

What I can't figure out is, if I want to back-sweeten my cider and then carb it in the bottle how do I do that? Since I'm doing this on a sailboat I don't have room for a corny keg. Is my only choice dry carbonated cider?

Can I force carb with a TAD or something similar? I'm about to start a batch of cider and I'm not sure how to carb it...

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Old 12-18-2008, 12:34 AM   #2
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Use an artificial sweetener like splenda to sweeten, don't kill off the yeast, then regular sugar to prime/carb. Smooth sailing

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Use an artificial sweetener like splenda to sweeten, don't kill off the yeast, then regular sugar to prime/carb. Smooth sailing
That could work except I HATE artificial sweeteners. I know lactose can work too but my sailing-hottie is lactose intolerant....

Hmmm........

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Stevia maybe?

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You could always use lactose and find a new sailing hottie. Get your priorities straight!

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You could kill off the yeast, backsweeten and then keg and carbonate. Then transfer to bottles when carbonated.

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I would just make a kick a.. dry cider, and see if your sailing hottie likes it. If not, mix it with some seven up, sprite or what ever soda she likes.
May I also point out it is just bad ju-ju to use a hottie as an excuse and not post pictures.

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I would just make a kick a.. dry cider, and see if your sailing hottie likes it. If not, mix it with some seven up, sprite or what ever soda she likes.
May I also point out it is just bad ju-ju to use a hottie as an excuse and not post pictures.
Hmmm.... Perhaps the most workable idea yet. After all a shandy is good on a hot day, why not sprite/cider. I could possibly even bottle it with some soda-water, though that would likely water things down too much....

Thanks for the ju-ju reminder. I'll have to see if she'll let me post a picture.

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splenda's #1 ingredient is dextrose. dextrose is fermentable last i checked...i used a bit too much and nearly had a bomb. in one day a plastic bottle was rock hard.

i read here all the time splenda is non fermentable, so you have now been warned. all i used to carb and backsweeten a dry ass cider was splenda. it does not have a diet aftertaste on the bottles i used very little (4 packets per 22oz bottle). i used 10 packets in one bottle, that was the almost-rocket!

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Depends on the splenda product you use. If you use splenda, the actual porduct, it is unfermentable. Some of the baking splenda and some of the individual packets are mixed with other sugars, so you have to make sure you use the correct sweetener.

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