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Old 03-06-2014, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Carbonating Each Seperate Bottle

Hey Guys,

I'm having some problems with carbonating the Ciders/Alcopops i'm making.

Once i've fermented around 25L of juices i like to use finings to clear the yeast and then bottle directly into 500ML amber glass bottles.

This causes a problem because i can't use carbonation drops since there's no yeast left, also i don't want to use carb drops because i dont want it any sweeter.

Are there a cheap-ish systems to force carb individual bottles? Sort of like a soda stream for each bottle. I have a keg which works well for my large batches but i need something for each separate bottle.

Any ideas/help appreciated!

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Old 03-06-2014, 06:06 PM   #2
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Using finings shouldnt effect your ability to carb. Unless your also using stabilizers. And fyi carb drops dont make it sweeter, all that sugar gets fermented.

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Old 03-06-2014, 06:40 PM   #3
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Previously i've used the finings to settle the yeast, then bottled the clear juice, added the carb drops and capped them. After a few weeks there was no carbonation at all, and it seemed a little sweeter so i assumed that was the carb drops problem?

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Previously i've used the finings to settle the yeast, then bottled the clear juice, added the carb drops and capped them. After a few weeks there was no carbonation at all, and it seemed a little sweeter so i assumed that was the carb drops problem?
Well if it did not carb then that would mean no ferment took place so the sugar was left unprocessed but in a usual situation they dont contribute sweetness. As a alternate to your situation you can rack the cleared cider to your bottling bucket and add around half a packet of champagne yeast and the correct amount of priming sugar then bottle. Batch priming like this is a much better option than the drops.
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As a alternate to your situation you can rack the cleared cider to your bottling bucket and add around half a packet of champagne yeast and the correct amount of priming sugar then bottle. Batch priming like this is a much better option than the drops.
That sounds interesting, two queries i have to that though:

Wouldn't that leave sediment to the bottom of each bottle due to the extra yeast?
Wouldn't that create way too much fizz like champagne rather than a nice carbonated cider?

Are there any machines/guns which you could simply stick into each bottle, give it a fizz the cap straight away? Basically a soda stream without having to screw it in.
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That sounds interesting, two queries i have to that though:

Wouldn't that leave sediment to the bottom of each bottle due to the extra yeast?
Wouldn't that create way too much fizz like champagne rather than a nice carbonated cider?

Are there any machines/guns which you could simply stick into each bottle, give it a fizz the cap straight away? Basically a soda stream without having to screw it in.
The amount of carbonation is determined by the amount of sugar added not by the yeast type. Look here for priming amounts http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/
If you naturally carb by adding sugar you will have sediment at the bottom no matter what. It is imppssible to carb in this way and not have it. As far as the gadgets I believe Ive seen one called a carb cap maybe ypu could search for but it quickly becomes a expensive endevor simply not worth it.
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:28 AM   #7
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Default Carbonation cap explained

Here's some more info on the carb cap, as a google search may end up with more weed related links than beer ones.
There is a 2L cap with a male ball lock valve on it that you can buy. It runs $12-$20, and you need a co2 tank, regulator, a ball lock, and tubing for it to work. You could skimp and use smaller co2 tanks designed for sodastream or paintball but they will be more expensive in the long run. You use that cap to force carb the bottle. Once it has absorbed it's co2 you could swap out the cap for a regular 2L cap and move on to the next one. This would take a long time from start to finish, but not a lot of time actually carbing.

Here's some more info
http://www.orionhomebrewing.com/2012...thout-keg.html

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the other option is to try it with dry ice, but unless you can get precisely weighed pieces of dry ice you will make bombs pretty quickly.

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