Okay, so I have a theoretical question about cold crashing, stabilizing, and back sweetening. A lot of the commentary and experience on this forum seems to suggest that there are two predominant methods of creating a sweet cider if you are not setup with a kegging system. The first is to allow the cider to reach its final gravity and then stabilize using k-meta and sorbate and then back sweeten with the brewerís choice of substances; creating a still sweet cider. The second is to utilize an unfermentable sugar as a back sweetener; enabling the brewer to create a carbonated sweet cider.
As CvilleKevin has demonstrated, it is possible to cold crash and rack with certain yeasts to induce a late-term, stabile stuck fermentation in cider that can endure bottled storage without significant risk of bottle bombs. If this is possible then would it not also be possible for a brewer using a yeast such as Notty to do something similar and incorporate back sweetening. As example:
1) Ferment cider as normal, allowing the cider to go to final gravity and clarity.
2) Rack to a clean carboy.
3) Add frozen concentrate to increase gravity to say between ~1.005 and ~1.010.
4) Rack and cold/crash to induce a stable, stuck fermentation between those gravity points.
5) Age and monitor to ensure fermentation does not restart.
Looking back on this concept I realize that it does seem like a lot of steps to produce a semi-sweet cider as compared to other available methods. However, it also would allow an individual to add flavor, sweetness, and body back into a cider that might be lacking these components without having to resort to chemical stabilization.
In any case I would love to hear peoplesí thoughts on this idea. As Iíve mentioned in a couple of other posts Iím laid up right now so Iíve got enough down time that all the ideas I have had about brewing over the last several months are able to get some space on the front burner so to speak.
Hopefully this is not a rehash of an old discussion. Iíve done a fair amount of searching and reading and havenít seen this idea presented in quite the same treatment. If it is a rehash and I missed the thread I please do feel free to point me in the right direction and this noobe will tuck his tail and head over the appropriate thread and do some more reading.