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Old 09-26-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Kegging Hard Apple Cider?

Am I off my rocker here? I don't have any bottling equipment, but I have a spare corny keg and a kegerator set up. Could I make some cider and just put it in my kegging setup like beer? I haven't drank much cider (wifey loves it) is it carbonated? Has anyone had any luck kegging hard apple cider?


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Old 09-26-2011, 06:42 PM   #2
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Yes lots of people keg Apfelwin which is basically apple cider. I have a keg of it myself. When I was researching this there was some concern about chrome plated faucets if you are dispensing with a kegerator - the cider is more acidic than beer than may eat away the chrome over time. I also read that people run it through chrome all the time with no worries. If you have stainless faucets then no worries at all.


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Old 09-26-2011, 06:53 PM   #3
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Why are you asking this question?
Keg it, carb it, drink it, love it
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:59 PM   #4
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I currently have 15 gallons in my basement condition in kegs. And I'm about to get another 15 fermenting.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:01 AM   #5
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you are at an advantage kegging if you want a semi-sweet and fizzy cider, so get to work
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:30 PM   #6
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you are at an advantage kegging if you want a semi-sweet and fizzy cider, so get to work
I'm looking to keg a semi-sweet fizzy cider with my kegging set-up. What exactly is the advantage you are referring to?
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I'm looking to keg a semi-sweet fizzy cider with my kegging set-up. What exactly is the advantage you are referring to?
I believe the advantage he is referring to would be with kegging there is zero risk of bottle bombs. You always have to be careful bottling semi-sweet or sweet ciders and meads... fermentation can spontaneously restart unless you leave it in secondary for a really long time or stabilize with appropriate chemicals.
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what vols you guys carbing to?
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I kegged and back sweetened my last batch of hard cider. It was great! Very smooth, like drinking apple soda and at 6% abv could really get the party started.
I usually just let it sit at 30psi for a couple days then back down to my normal 10-11psi to serve my beer with.
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I'm looking to keg a semi-sweet fizzy cider with my kegging set-up. What exactly is the advantage you are referring to?
as nomad says you can backsweeten and carbonate without losing an eye to ballistic glass shards


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