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Old 09-05-2012, 12:02 AM   #311
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Also, anyone fermented to total dryness first? I'm imagining this is super sweet (and delicious) based on the existing recipe. I'm trying to curb the sweetness a little bit and the thought was to dry it out, add the syrup and base the number of AJC cans on my desired sweetness.
I didn't go completely dry.....about 1.005, then I did as you suggested and found 3 cans AJC was plenty sweet for my tastes.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:31 PM   #312
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My first 5 gallon batch which was:
- 5 gallons of store brand, no preservatives apple juice
- About 3lbs of brown sugar (started with 2lbs, but wanted an OG of 1.70)
- pitched Red Star Montrachet yeast

just hit the two week mark on Wednesday and I pulled a sample to test FG.
It was at 1.006, so I think I will let it run til Saturday (when I will have more time to get into the back sweetening anyway). Tasted my sample last night after it chilled down and it should be a perfect base. Nice and dry with no strong yeast or sour tastes. I don't like a sweet cider, but want to impart the carmel apple character to this so I'm thinking of adding 2 cans of concentrate and half of the carmel syrup called for in the original recipe.

Has anyone tried anything similar? Just wondering how sweet that will turn out.

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Old 09-06-2012, 02:19 PM   #313
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I don't like a sweet cider, but want to impart the carmel apple character to this so I'm thinking of adding 2 cans of concentrate and half of the carmel syrup called for in the original recipe.

Has anyone tried anything similar? Just wondering how sweet that will turn out.
You're about five days in front of me. I'm planning on doing the exact same thing next week. Sorry I can't add input beforehand but let me know how it goes!
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:22 PM   #314
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I don't like a sweet cider, but want to impart the carmel apple character to this so I'm thinking of adding 2 cans of concentrate and half of the carmel syrup called for in the original recipe.

Has anyone tried anything similar? Just wondering how sweet that will turn out.
Cut back on the concentrate if you wish, but don't cut back on the caramel syrup mix. This is what gives this cider its unique signature.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:29 PM   #315
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Thanks UpstateMike, I'm not going to discount advice from the recipe creator!

I will do the whole batch of carmel syrup and start with one can of concentrate, give it a quick taste and go from there to figure out where I want to end up sweetness wise.

smythe012, if you still need input on Saturday I will let you know what I end up adding.

Thanks again.

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Old 09-06-2012, 10:15 PM   #316
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So Mike, I've only been bottle carbing for less than 3 full days and i was planning on pasteurizing tonight as my plastic bottle feels tight enough, but I just had 2 gushers that lost about 2-3 oz out of each bottle. Is it too late to pasteurize? Should I cold crash? I plan on keeping all of this batch to myself if that makes any difference.

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Old 09-07-2012, 12:32 AM   #317
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If you have gushers, it's best to cold crash. At least IMHO....

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If you have gushers, it's best to cold crash. At least IMHO....
Is cold crashing done in the fridge or freezer? What's the best temp for such activity?
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Is cold crashing done in the fridge or freezer? What's the best temp for such activity?
I agree with Snort, coldcrash in the fridge. 40 - 45 degrees (normal fridge temps) should be fine.
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Thanks a lot guys. They're in the fridge now. Hoping for the best. I just can't believe how fast they carbed up. Less than 3 days. I was expecting 4-5...

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