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Old 02-26-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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Default not added enough brewing sugar to my cider kit, been fermenting 4 days. what do i do?

i started a home brew(forest fruits-wilkinsons branded) cider kit about four days ago. i added 1kg of brewing sugar to this and topped up to the required level of water. however today i've read the instructions again and noticed it said 1.5kg of sugar. i wasnt sure what to do so i measured an extra 500g of sugar, melted dissolved in a little hot water and added back to my mix for a couple more days. will this help or make matters worse? any opinions or help on this would be appreciated. thanks
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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You'll be fine.

What are the instructions for fermentation?

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Old 02-26-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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As "me" stated you'll be fine. Even if you hadn't added it you would have been fine. The simple sugars only increase the alcohol levels. You might have ended up with 6% instead of 7% (or something like that) The flavors are mostly going to come from the kit ingredients which I assume are a concentrate.

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:22 PM   #4
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thats brilliant. thanks

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Old 02-26-2013, 07:49 PM   #5
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You might need a new direction with fermentation. You're not out of the woods yet.

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Old 02-26-2013, 08:31 PM   #6
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You might need a new direction with fermentation. You're not out of the woods yet.
Adding sugar late in the fermentation will just create more fermentation. I don't understand your statement.

I could go dump a pound of sugar in my cider right now and it will just kick back in and make more alcohol, it won't cause any problems. Well, it might take a little longer for it to mellow out the higher ABV, but I can't think of any other issues it would cause.

Just give it a few more days to finish off the sugars you added and you'll be fine.
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I'm wrong but you suggested he wait a few extra days. Hmmm

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:12 PM   #8
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so you reckon another 3 days and it will be ok to bottle? also would i be able to add fruit juices to my mix to alter the flavours again. thinking of adding some cranberry juice to my brew to make it more of a cranberry flavoured cider. would this work, and how / what stage would i do this?

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I'm wrong but you suggested he wait a few extra days. Hmmm
I never said you were wrong, I said I didn't understand your statement. When you wrote they 'needed a new direction' did you mean wait a few more days? If so, then my apologies. I didn't mean to be redundant.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:01 PM   #10
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Your totally fine Ogden..... As Pepper said your just bumping the fermentable sugar back up...
You need to test with a hydrometer in 4 or 5 days...

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