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Old 08-08-2012, 01:53 AM   #21
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Oh and I use apple juice concentrate to back sweeten, how much depends on you and your taste.

Just wondering, how much concentrate are you planning on using for the batch? I'm in the process of making my first two batches and the original plan had been to ferment to complete dryness, then back sweeten with xylitol and carbonate with individual doses (per bottle) of dextrose.

I should probably mention I'm going for the same semi-sweet, carbonated cider like you have talked about.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:15 AM   #22
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On the back sweetening with the concentrate I'm not sure yet. The first time I did this I used one can for a two gallon batch and it wasn't enough, this time I'm going to get a couple cans and taste as I add to it. I did buy some apple flavoring but don't know if I'm going to use it.

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:57 PM   #23
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So here I go, I'm doing this outside today, it's a beautiful day in so cal. Heres some of my setup

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What better place to do it then the bar, got my transfer to the secondary going good

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Got my northern brewer shirt on

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What's left after my transfer

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What I ended up with, 4 gallons exactly.

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This is how it came out after transferred into my secondary. This was before I added concentrate for taste. How did it taste? No lie it was fu€ken good! I can't believe coming straight from the primary how great it tasted. I had a couple more tastes of it and caught a buzz, my wife even approved! I had no way of taking a FG reading because I dropped my hydrometer, duh!

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So I did back sweeten with two cans of this per 4 gallons and it tasted superb.

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Adding the concentrate, oh and I went with the apple cherry flavor.

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Washing bottles in star San

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My transfer into my sanitized bottles

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Capping them up

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My carbonation gauging bottle. I noticed my capper leaves an indentation of a small circle on the caps and in the past when my bottles were done the indentation went away with the pressure built up. This is also a way I gauge when my bottles are finished, then I place them in the fridge.

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1st one done

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Final product, today was a busy day!
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:05 PM   #24
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So what did I do with the remaining 2 gallons?

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Here's what I had left

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Oh yea, fresh organic strawberries, 2 .5 lbs to be exact.

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I'm going to let this one sit awhile.

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Good day today!

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:09 PM   #25
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That looks mighty good!

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:24 PM   #26
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Thanks I'm mighty proud ha ha

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:17 AM   #27
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One concern I have about the strawberry batch is....I had no campden tablets to add to my batch. I did add 1 tsp. of pectic enzyme but no tablets. Think it will be okay? Could I add later like 7 days later?

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Old 08-10-2012, 12:30 AM   #28
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Here it is today, 24 hours later and it's swollen up nice and hard. I threw my bottles in the fridge because I'm going to take them on a camping trip this weekend. Might be a little early but it does taste good to me. Plus its like free alcohol
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:29 AM   #29
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Was there much of a change in sweetness from when you back sweetened with the concentrate to when you opened a carbonated bottle?

Looks awesome by the way, congrats!

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Well done sir. Well done.

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