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Zippox 10-23-2012 02:12 PM

Persuade me to carbonate or not
So I have Johnny Jump Up cider in my carboy right now, and as you know the % is around 11 on that one.

I cannot decide if it would be best to carbonate it or not.

It just seems weird to me to carbonate a wine-like cider. Any reasons for or against leaving it still or make it sparkling?

Apple_Jacker 10-23-2012 02:23 PM

Personal preference is the only reason I can think of.

MarkKF 10-23-2012 02:51 PM

I would not carbonate if it had a thick heavy fruit flavor like a desert wine. I like the fizz with a lighter taste.

Xantus954 10-23-2012 04:29 PM

I personally like my ciders carbonated even the drier ones that have a white wine like finish but I'm not a wine drinker. Its all personal preference and that's one of things i like most about making my own ciders and beer is I get to choose how I want it.

Lammyrock 10-23-2012 05:05 PM

Whichever you decide, I think you should do a couple opposite -shouldn't be hard either way.

CodyA 10-23-2012 07:01 PM

The only alcoholic beverages I prefer still are spirits and hot cider (Yes, I was pretty excited about getting my kegging equipment and tried carbonating some rum for ****s and giggles). I'm not a big wine drinker, but I even threw a bottle of white zinfendel into my keg and in my opinion, it was much better sparkling. But hell, I even like carbonated water, so like stated above, just personal preference.

roadymi 10-23-2012 10:34 PM


Originally Posted by Lammyrock (Post 4524667)
Whichever you decide, I think you should do a couple opposite -shouldn't be hard either way.

+1.....do some of each than you will know.

Zippox 10-24-2012 12:09 AM

So I did a 3 gallon recipe, I'm thinking it might be difficult to do a batch of bottles that are not carbonated and then try and guesstimate how much priming sugar to use. Don't want any bottle bombs!

Lammyrock 10-24-2012 01:02 PM

A half teaspoon of simple syrup/bottle should do the trick.

Apple_Jacker 10-24-2012 02:46 PM

Or you can buy those carb candy things. It is basically a piece of candy you drop into each bottle.

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