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Old 11-15-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default 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.

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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You can recap it quickly and save most of the carbonation. Obviously it will be a little less sparkling than the others.

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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Would it make a difference if i purge the headspace with co2 before recapping?

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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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.

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Ok thanks.

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Old 11-16-2012, 12:21 AM   #6
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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.

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Quote:
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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
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already got my plastic bottle.

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