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Old 02-20-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default Just a thought.

As anyone ever tried to backsweeten a batch of cider, after racking into a keg, with AJ that has preservatives in it? Would this also help in keeping the yeast from fermenting any further, in the keg?

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:42 PM   #2
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Actually a good idea. I wonder if it would have enough preservatives in it to keep everything quiet?

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Old 02-20-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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Well you think it would have to help.... A little

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Old 02-20-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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Preservatives don't stop fermentation. It stops the reproduction of the yeast. It would still ferment if you had a large enough colony to eat all the sugar without reproducing. If you put the keg in the fridge and keep it cold it wouldn't ferment either.

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:52 PM   #5
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As anyone ever tried to backsweeten a batch of cider, after racking into a keg, with AJ that has preservatives in it? Would this also help in keeping the yeast from fermenting any further, in the keg?
Help? yes.

Help in a noticeable way? no.

Folks who have successfully fermented juice with preservatives mostly don't even report a lag time after pitching. Preservatives are meant to prevent the spread of random small cultures of weak wild yeast and bacterium. They're barely a speed bump when it comes to modern commercial strains.
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