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Old 01-25-2013, 08:45 PM   #691
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Do you want the cider to be dry? Because, if I'm understanding your question correctly, the yeast will eat up all your backsweetening sugar, leaving you with no backsweetening.



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I know this question has already been asked and answered somewhere in this huge thread. I just cannot find it, so I gotta ask again.

If I ferment to 1.000, and back-sweeten to 1.013, and then bottle in 22 oz. bottles, is there a way to use FG to calculate potential CO2 volumes, assuming all of the sugar is fermentable? All of the carbonation calculators I can find measure sugar adjunct by weight or volume, and I'd like to use gravity.

What I'm getting at: I want to know if cider that is bottled at 1.013 will become a bomb. I have always pasteurized in the past, but am wondering if I need to in this instance.

Again, I know the answer is already out there. My apologies for repeating the question. As always, thanks! I've avoided a lot of mistakes from the good info I've picked up here.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:00 AM   #692
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Do you want the cider to be dry? Because, if I'm understanding your question correctly, the yeast will eat up all your backsweetening sugar, leaving you with no backsweetening.
Right, I should have clarified that. I'd be OK if it returns to dry. I'm thinking along the lines of a dry apple champagne. In the past I have been gun-shy, and have pasteurized with residual sugar before much carbonation has built up. Just wondering if 1.013 (if fully fermented in the bottle) could be expected to produce enough CO2 to blow the stack.

FWIW, most of this year's batch is going to be pasteurized before the sugar ferments.
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I don't know about your 1.013 question.

If you want it dry, there's no need to backsweeten, you could just prime as you normally would, then wouldn't have to worry about over pressurized bottles.

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:38 AM   #694
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Hello,

(this answer may be somewhere in this thread...)

Does anyone know how much granulated or corn sugar is needed to prime just 1 gallon for carbonation? I used EdWort's Apfelwein recipe... Also, I do want to backsweeten, which I can do with nutrasweet, splenda, or whatever. Does anyone know about how much sweetner I would need? I have quite a few of the small sweenter packages at home. Does either sweetner (prime or back) need to be added to water and boiled prior to adding to the batch?

A half packet of Montrachet yeast was used which I have heard causes it to be dry...

When bottling I am going to put some in a plastic bottle as well, I heard by using one you can get an indicator of how your carbonation is doing by feeling the pressure...

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If you want it dry, there's no need to backsweeten, you could just prime as you normally would, then wouldn't have to worry about over pressurized bottles.
Right. Good point. I only ask because we back-sweetened (in bulk) everything that we bottled, with the intention of pasteurizing as soon as it developed mild carbonation, using the squeezie plastic water bottle test. The thought of letting some continue to ferment in the bottle didn't occur to me until that whole batch was sweetened and bottled, in the neighborhood of 1.012-1.013. I thought I could just leave a few bottles out of the pasteurizing treatment, and let them become apple champagne, but I'm starting to think that, at this sugar level, we might be risking too much carbonation.

(We have some remaining cider that is completely dry and still, in bulk-storage in carboys, so I guess can use that, with a little priming sugar, for a dry sparkling bubbly.)

Anyway, I'll stop hogging the stage here. Thanks for talking me out of a half-baked idea. I don't want exploded bottles in the basement. Or anywhere else.
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This looks awesome. I have 3 questions:

1.) Is this technique ok for Oxidized caps? (it doesn't melt the plastic)
2.) Does this process effectively stop your cider from getting vinegary?
3.) Has anyone ever tried this by putting bottles in the oven and slowly heating to 190 degrees? This may be more time efficient

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This looks awesome. I have 3 questions:

1.) Is this technique ok for Oxidized caps? (it doesn't melt the plastic)
2.) Does this process effectively stop your cider from getting vinegary?
3.) Has anyone ever tried this by putting bottles in the oven and slowly heating to 190 degrees? This may be more time efficient
I haven't tried the oven but have had success with the dishwasher. Uses lower temperatures over a longer period of time - feels safer to me and easier to clean if any do blow!

I used the Intensive setting that ran for a couple of hours - max temp of about 50 deg celsius with the whole 6 gallon batch done in one cycle and no bombs so far. Important to monitor your carbonation levels before any pasteurising method, of course.
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I can honestly say I have read all 70 pages of this thread, but do not think there was an answer to my question...BTW, what great information! Has anyone done this with champagne yeast? What is the concern about a batch made with champagne or white wine yeast? Is it just so much more aggressive that it overcarbonates before you pastureize? My first couple batches are .998 now, so I think there are pretty much done. Hoping to prime with dextrose, bottle & pastuerize. Second question: my batches don't seem to be clearing (I did not use pectic enzyme)...is it too late to add that for more clarification? Would something else be better? Many thanks!

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Welcome, Archer! I can't answer your question from experience. I think if you let the yeast ferment to dry (as I do now) and then backsweeten and pasteurize, I see no problem using champagne or wine yeast. These temps will knock them out. I think pectic enzyme needs to be added pre-fermentation, but I may be wrong.

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Thank you, Papers. I already have an Archer avatar from the show for when I upgrade my membership here.

I will ask my local HBS if there is anything I can do for clarification; maybe I just need to be more patient. Would you happen to know if its better to age the cider either 1) in the 1 gallon carboys before bottling, etc. or 2) going ahead with bottling to 12 oz beer bottles, carbonating, pastuerizing, and then aging?

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