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Oter 11-15-2012 12:17 PM

Question about pasteurizing.
 
When I am bottle carbing before pasteurization, I will need to open a bottle to check for carb levels. Can I just re-cap that bottle and pasteurize it or do I have to drink it right away?
The reason I am asking is because I am just making gallon for thanksgiving and would rather not waste a bottle.

LeBreton 11-15-2012 01:12 PM

You can recap it quickly and save most of the carbonation. Obviously it will be a little less sparkling than the others.

Oter 11-15-2012 01:16 PM

Would it make a difference if i purge the headspace with co2 before recapping?

Safa 11-15-2012 01:27 PM

The headspace should be filled with co2 anyway. If you are pouring some of the cider out to check for bubbles in a glass then yes, you should purge with co2. However, pouring out and checking like that will oxidize the cider. Not sure if its as big a deal as with beer but I'd still avoid it if possible.

So bottom line, if you aren't pouring it out, just recap, don't worry about co2.

Oter 11-15-2012 01:56 PM

Ok thanks.

roadymi 11-15-2012 11:21 PM

use a plastic soda bottle for a tester. You don't have to take the top off, when it get rock hard time to pasteurize the batch.

Safa 11-16-2012 12:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by roadymi
use a plastic soda bottle for a tester. You don't have to take the top off, when it get rock hard time to pasteurize the batch.

^this

Oter 11-16-2012 01:36 PM

already got my plastic bottle.


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