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Old 08-14-2012, 05:25 AM   #31
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Thanks. It did retain its sweetness. My friends replied that it tasted like a Hornsby but more refreshing, probably just being nice ha ha. But really it's pretty good and it sneaks up on ya. It's so refreshing that it doesn't even taste like it has alcohol until your 3/4 done with a bottle then you feel it. I have it's twin brother sitting with 2.5 lbs of strawberries in it right now. Can't wait to try that.

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #32
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It was already sweet enough when you back sweetened?

I really want to do this but am afraid of bottle bombs.

Bummer you couldn't take a FG reading.

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:19 PM   #33
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Just do it like I did with the plastic bottle gauge. Make a small batch and make room in the fridge when your ready to bottle. It only took about 24 hours for my bottles to be ready to drink, nice and bubbling too, like a champagne. By far one of the simplest and best result I've had in the three ciders I've made so far and fast.

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:31 PM   #34
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Here it is

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Nice and smooth

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Just took a swig and it's so nice and applie (is that a word?) and refreshing. Got a buzz off a half bottle.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:36 PM   #35
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It is also carbonated just right I would say, I can't believe in such a short time it got this way. Let me know if anyone wants me to post step by step how I did this, the recipe.

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Old 08-14-2012, 11:11 PM   #36
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That's what worries me. It carbed up so quickly.

I guess I'm used to making beer where it takes a couple three weeks to carb up.

Let us know how it turns out.

I think on my next batch of beer I'm going to use your satellite pressure check bottle to see if it expands like that on a regular batch of beer that I have had success with.

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Old 08-14-2012, 11:15 PM   #37
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Also, your last picture doesn't look like much carbonation going on, more like oxygen trapped on the side of the glass from the pour.

I've seen the same effect from tap water.

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Old 08-15-2012, 01:06 AM   #38
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Believe me it's carbed up nice, kinda hard to tell from the pic yes, but it's nice.

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Believe me it's carbed up nice, kinda hard to tell from the pic yes, but it's nice.


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Here's another pic, not that clear but you can see its more bubbly.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:38 PM   #40
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So if I'm counting the days right, you ran your primary for 10 days? Then back sweetened and let it sit in the bottle for one more day to carb up before throwing them in the fridge to stop fermentation. I'm looking to do my first 5 gallon batch and there's no way I'm going to have the patience to wait 4 weeks like the apfelwein calls for until I'm already sitting on some hard cider I can enjoy in the meantime. Definitely think I can wait a week and a half though

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