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Old 02-15-2010, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default "good" carbonation level for ciders

I am going to carbonate my latest cider batch, but am curious as to what a good level of carbonation would be. I don't want it still. I usual brew beer for which carbonation is indicated as volumes of CO2, but I don't see that standard reported for ciders.

What volume of CO2 is a "standard" cider carbed to? 2? 2.5? 3?

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Old 02-15-2010, 06:33 PM   #2
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I have read "common cider" should be from 1.0 to 2.8 volumes CO2. I would test somewhere in the middle/upper end of the range and adjust from there to your preference. I like bubbly ciders, but SWMBO likes them almost flat. Go figure.

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Old 02-15-2010, 07:10 PM   #3
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I carbonate mine about where you'd carbonate an english session ale, at about 1.8 to 2.0 volumes. the french like theirs closer to champagne, at the upper end closer to 3.0.
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Yea, I think with cider you can carb it however you like it. Personally, I like ciders at 2.8-3.0, or totally flat. Not a fan of in between.
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