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Old 07-02-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Im new to home brewing and just finished my first ever batch of cider and having had a taste I think it needs sweetening still so I'm just looking for some advice from the gurus!

I used the Black Rock cider kit and I did a secondary fermentation in a 5gal barrel using roughly 90g cane sugar to give a light carb. Is there now a way to get the cider sweeter without losing the carb?

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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you need to backsweeten it, using either juice or concentrate. However, once the extra sugars are added, the yeast will consume them, and dry the beer out. So you need to add more sugars, but stop fermentation.

there are a couple of options for a carbed, sweet cider:

1) the easiest, is to keg it

2) pasteurize it


there is also some great info on this site from people WAY more experienced than me. Try searching for "sweet cider" or 'Carbed Sweet cider" in the search tab on top, it will probably help you more than my crappy post!

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Old 07-03-2012, 04:43 PM   #3
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Mewithstewpid is right. Keg or Pasteurize it are your two options. Read the sticky on pasteurizing if you don't have a keg set up.

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Old 07-04-2012, 07:37 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, I shall have a good old look into it.

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Old 07-09-2012, 01:54 AM   #5
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Or cold crash it. I have two Tap A Draft bottles I carbonate the cider in, and then pop in the fridge when they are done. This does require mini-CO2's though.

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