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Old 10-26-2011, 11:07 PM   #1
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I brewed a strong cider and bottled it a week ago, but after opening the first bottle, there's virtually no carbonation at all. Here are the specs...

OG: 1.074
FG: 1.014
ABV: ~8.1%

In addition to 5 gal of cider I added 1lb Dextrose, 1/2lb light brown sugar, and 3/4lb Agave nectar.

I did a primary and secondary fermentation for two weeks each using Wyeast 4766 Cider yeast.

I added 5/8 cup of light brown sugar dissolved into 1 cup of water at bottling.

Was there something wrong with my priming? Or do I just need to wait longer than a week?

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Old 10-26-2011, 11:27 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry yet, let it go for another two weeks. 8.1% abv isn't a great environment for the yeast, and it may take them a while to get the job done.

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you used Agave nectar? How does that taste?

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you used Agave nectar? How does that taste?
Most of the commercial stuff you find at grocery stores tastes somewhat like honey with a splash of tequila, but you can find "raw" agave nectar that has more agave taste to it. Usually in the organic or health food sections.
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Interesting. I was looking for some real maple syrup at a whole foods store this past weekend and found something called Sorghum Syrup. It has a pretty distinct flavor similar to molasses. I might try a gallon using this stuff in place of sugar and see how it tastes.

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you used Agave nectar? How does that taste?
I don't think the agave really affected the taste. Although under carbed, the cider tastes a bit like a sweet, flat champagne.
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Give it a few more weeks, I always plan on waiting at least 1 month for my brews to carb up. Regards, GF.

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