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Old 02-24-2013, 09:28 PM   #1
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I have a question about carbonating hard cider. I have been told that if you want it carbonated then you need a kegarator, but has anyone tried using the carbonation tabd that coopers makes for beer? just wondering if that would bring about the same affect. I am going to try my fist batch of cider this weekend.

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Old 02-24-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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Are you carbing in a bottle?

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Old 02-24-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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If you don't kill the yeast prior to bottling you can do a batch prime with 5oz corn sugar(dextrose) and two cups of water boiled together and cooled. I found it far more effective in my beer making then the carbonation drops. Just rack the cider into a bottling bucket on top of the priming solution. Then bottle and cap.

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Old 02-25-2013, 12:16 AM   #4
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Note that 5oz is assuming you are doing a 5 gallon batch.

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:53 AM   #5
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I've used the drops but find that you need about twice the number of drops per bottle to get a decent fizz - assuming your brew has fermented out first and no other sugars are added before bottling.

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If you want a dry cider bottleing is no issue, if you want it sweet you need to keg, or backsweeten and pasteurize, which can be tricky doing it at the right time

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:28 PM   #7
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cool thanks yes i am doing a 5 gallon batch i think i will try half and half since this is also my first time doing this and i would like to try both. I would be carbing in the bottle as well since i am still really new to this i havent gone out and spent the money on a kegging system yet but i think i eventually will.

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A lot of people (me included) add more apple juice concentrate at bottling to crispen the flavor. This is also high in sugar and will facilitate carbonation.

My last 1 gallon batch got a full tube of concentrate and a quarter-cup of maple syrup at bottling, and I got a solid PFSSSHT and steam upon opening after 5 days. Cider will usually pop a little after uncapping in just a day, so I go by the CO2 and vapor swirling in the neck myself.

I have never used tablets simply because it's so easy to flavor and add sugar at the same time.

A few cider recipes skip a proper secondary and just involve bottling IMMEDIATELY, if you also add sugar at this point it will carb up VERY fast.

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So I understand since I will also be bottling g a 1 gallon batch..... You used a whole can of concentrate for 1 gallon? Wasn't the final product very sweet? I assume you pasteurized once carbonation was where you wanted it?

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So yea did the tabs on half of my cider and it was carbonated but I left the other half to sit in my garage and went to open a "still" cider and it about exploded in my kitchen I didn't kill the yeast so the other half is more carbonated than the tabbed half kinda crazy but still so so good

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