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View Poll Results: How sweet do you like your finished cider?
<1.000 1 9.09%
1.000 - 1.005 3 27.27%
1.005 - 1.010 3 27.27%
1.010 - 1.015 2 18.18%
1.015 - 1.020 4 36.36%
>1.020 1 9.09%
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Old 05-13-2014, 05:35 AM   #1
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Default How sweet do you like it? The cider FG thread.

I searched the forum and Google but didn't find a thread about this. A lot of threads asking, but none with all the answers in one spot. Everyone has a preference and this may help people choose a sweetness level when brewing for themselves or for friends/family/gifts.

So here it it. Where do you like your finished cider? Do you normally lean towards sweet or dry drinks?

For me, still dialing in my cider but I'm a big fan of the commercial ciders.


Ideal: FG 1.015-1.020, carbed
Preference: commercial ciders (angry orchard traditional dry, Crispin import)...not a real big beer drinker.


What's yours?

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Old 05-13-2014, 11:45 AM   #2
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The sweet spot for my wife and myself is around 1.010-1.012 and carbed to at least 2.5


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Old 05-13-2014, 03:25 PM   #3
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Just made one at 1.010. Swmbo declared it too dry. I'll split it and go to 1.015 and 1.020 next time with some apjc.

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Old 05-13-2014, 05:03 PM   #4
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Wife likes it around 1.020. I like it around 1.015. I do my best to split the difference at around 1.017.

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I have no idea what gravity. I used to think I like it a bit sweeter, but lately I've appreciated it drier. I like it sparkling.

Really, this thread is begging to be turned into a poll...

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Standard cider, no additional spices or fermentables: my favorite batch that I've made finished at 1.006, but it had huge apple aroma which gave the impression of something a bit sweeter than that.

Heavily spiced needs to be more sweet. The most recent award winning cider was a heavily gingered cider, and I back-sweetened to around 1.020.

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Standard cider, no additional spices or fermentables: my favorite batch that I've made finished at 1.006, but it had huge apple aroma which gave the impression of something a bit sweeter than that.

Heavily spiced needs to be more sweet. The most recent award winning cider was a heavily gingered cider, and I back-sweetened to around 1.020.
Did you post a recipe for that favorite batch?
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Dry as it finished. I tend to get really bad stomachs from sweet stuff.

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Did you post a recipe for that favorite batch?
The recipe was simple. 4 gallons of the best pasteurized sweet apple cider I could find, some nutrient, some O2, a vial of WLP775, and added another gallon of the same juice after primary had slowed. Just like a fruit beer, adding juice after primary saves quite a bit of the aromatics.
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I find the commercial macro-brew ciders to be way too sweet. I like 1.005-1.008 for semi-dry ciders. On the sweet side I have made a bottle pasteurized apple-cherry that should be around 1.012 and seems to be well balanced without being overly sweet.

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