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Old 04-09-2009, 01:25 AM   #1
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I am about to bottle my first cider and I have a question about priming. My first batch of beer I just added dextrose to each bottle however I now have a bottling bucket and will prime properly. I understand I am supposed to bring 3/4 cup dextrose and some water to a boil, then cool and add to the bottling bucket before siphoning in the cider, I also know that I should avoid splashing, etc. However how would I ensure the priming solution and cider will mix properly if I cannot 'aerate' by stiring, etc?



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Old 04-09-2009, 01:28 AM   #2
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The flow of the cider into the bucket should mix it up enough. If you don't think that is enough, you can always stir gently.


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I like to put the very tip of the tubing in the receiving vessel (the bottling bucet) at the very bottom. Then, I "curl" it so when the cider/wine/beer enters, it "swirls" around and fills from the bottom. This works fine for me. But if you're really worried, you can sanitize a long handled spoon and gently stir. I've never stirred and I've had good results.
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Pour the priming solution into the bucket and then siphon the cider. It'll mix just fine like that.
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I use 2 cups of water in my boil with the dextrose, it seems to help with mixing my solution better in the bucket. I also use the "let the siphon hose swirl the mixture" technique. I did it by accident not knowing any better using 2 cups of water- then I did it right once, using 3/4 cup of water and got carbonation all over the map on that batch, so I went back to doing it the wrong way!

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