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Old 04-24-2013, 01:38 PM   #11
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That is strange. Might be a silly question, but did you happen to mix the two batches up by mistake? The tabbed ones in the garage causing the extra sugar to over carb?

What was your final gravity on the cider?

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Old 04-29-2013, 07:14 PM   #12
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I am the worst at doing gravity readings but no I made sure to put the ones I wanted carbonated in my deep freezer its off so its not cold, but I put the tabbed ones in there in case of a bottle bomb. (its also solid steel on the inside its old) all in all they did turn out good though but i also never killed the yeast before i bottled so i am thinking that has to do with it, and that it has been so hot in my garadge lately.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:37 PM   #13
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Yeah, if you want a still cider you have to kill of the yeast.

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:42 AM   #14
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I did my first batch of pasteurizing hard cider today. I added a 12 oz can of ajc to about four gallons of fermenting cider. Being wary of over carbing, I made three small test bottles to check at different times. Those bottles were soda bottles, so I could check on how "hard" the bottles became. To my liking, 7 days seemed about right pressure wise as well as being just sweet enough. The one I cracked hadn't been in the fridge yet and had more than enough bubbles. I will see what I have for the group when I wait a few days to see what they will be like when cold. I did have one explosion in the dishwasher, so I figure I may be just about right. This was my first batch of "regular" cider making, and as prior I have used two liter soda bottles with self venting caps. I'll let you all know after I crack open the first glass bottle next week holding my my hand made hard cider.

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Old 05-14-2013, 02:17 PM   #15
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I did something a bit unique on my cherry apple cider. This was just a 1.25 gallon batch 1 gallon of apple Juice and 32oz of pure cherry juice. I used carbonation tabs at bottling. Just before that though when I racked the cider in the bottling bucket I back sweetened with just a little over 2oz of Glycerin. I got 8.5 bottles out of the batch. It should take 3-4 weeks to carbonate. I used 5 tabs per bottle.

The half bottle I had I did not cap of course. I let it chill down a few minutes it was not cold but cool. I then poured it as a still sample and WOW before the glycerin and after was a big difference. Before it was a bit bitter I assume that was from the acid of the cherries. It didnt taste bad it was just kinda like a sour drink. after the glycerin it was VERY smooth Not bitter at all. It taste sweet like you would expect a woodchuck. It retained some apple and some cherry flavor. The ABV is 9.5 by the way.
I usually dont back sweeten but its summer time and I figure a sweet cider would be great. I cant wait to try it after it carbonates and if for some reason it doesn't (it happen's) It should still be good enough that anyone could drink it.

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Old 05-14-2013, 02:43 PM   #16
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man you guys get carbonation in a week? Maybe my house is to cold right now at 64 degrees F
It took my last gallon batch took exactly three weeks. The first week I opened a bottle there was a tiny amount of carbonation that went still in 60 seconds. Week two was a bit more carbonation but pretty much went still really fast. Week Three the magic happened. Perfect carbonation bubbles and more bubbles.

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Old 05-14-2013, 11:51 PM   #17
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Yeah, my ciders carbonate exponentially faster than beer; not sure why.

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