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Old 08-15-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Force-carb cider - thoughts?

I've previously bottled all my cider but I ordered some kegging equipment last night. I'm really unfamiliar with the force-carb process. I know I need to stop the fermentation, which I've been told can be done with sorbate and camden. How much should I use? When should I put in the additives?

I'm fermenting until 1.02 and I'd like to stop it there, probably back-sweeten with a little extra apple juice, and then carb to make a sparkling sweet cider.

Any advice as to additives or pressures? Thanks a bunch.

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Old 08-17-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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Its sounds like you're coming from the cider side of it, but I can't imagine its any different than beer. I've forced carbed edwort's apfelwein before and quite enjoyed it. The pressure you use will be determined by the temp of your freezer and how many volumes of CO2 you are aiming for. Here's a chart to get you started. I did the apfelwein at 2.5 since that's what I've got my beer at and thought it worked well, but if you wanted to go higher than that you could increase from there, or even step it up along the way until it got to the point that you wanted it. Should point out though that at least for beer higher pressures require longer lines to prevent foaming. Since this shouldn't foam, not sure if that would be necessary or not, but short lines will likely knock some of the CO2 out of suspension when it exits into the glass, so you might reach a point of diminishing returns.

As far as the additives and backsweetening, here's one part where this should be easier. In theory, you're going to keep your keg at such low temps that there shouldn't be too much worry about yeast activity. Further, since its in a keg the end result if there was activity wouldn't be bottle bombs but a slight overcarbonation. I haven't tested this so maybe someone with more experience has, but you shouldn't need to even stop the fermentation. Make sure you get your keg cooled down before any backsweetening and keep it cold, and I would think you should be safe. Again, might be best if you get that confirmed by someone that's done it, but that would be my thinking.

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Old 08-17-2011, 01:36 AM   #3
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Thanks Erik... good stuff on the carb levels. I'm not sure what CO2 level I'm aiming for... Is there a generally accepted level for 'light' carbonation? I'd probably be aiming for something light to medium.

I was thinking the same thing regarding chilling the keg to stop the yeast activity. However, I'd like to bottle some from the keg at some point, so I'm worried about it reactivating in the bottles. Perhaps someone out there has an idea?

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Old 12-22-2011, 02:06 AM   #4
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Here's an idea for bottling, I am going to keg some cider and bottle what I have left over.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/easy...g-pics-193295/

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