How come my cider is carbonated? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > How come my cider is carbonated?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-24-2011, 11:06 AM   #1
Dicky
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Nottingham
Posts: 229


Not that I'm complaining, but my cider is sparkling. It's a happy accident.
But how did it happen?

It was my first attempt at making cider so I got a few things wrong, as you do.
I used my own apples from my garden and some basic youngs cider yeast. I didn't use any campden tablets or any additives intact and left it to ferment by it't own accord for a week and half. By then the SG was around 1.020 so I decided to rack. I racked away from the leas and left it for another couple of weeks until the SG was around 1.008ish and it tasted awesome. So I added enough campden tablets and stabiliser to stop the fermentation and preserve it (I was better read by this stage) and left it a day before I added finings to clear it. After it was relatively clear (admittedly not even close to how clear it should have been) I bottled it. It has left some leas in the bottom of the bottles and is a lot clearer now.

This was all about a month ago. The other night I decided to open up a small taser bottle that I had set out to see what it's like. It's fizzy, and really nice!

Why is it fizzy?

Cheers.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
Dicky
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Nottingham
Posts: 229

Oh, I should add that I used mainly desert apples (cox's orange I think) and Some brambly cookers and a few crab apples for tannin from my parents garden.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2011, 11:39 AM   #3
weejub
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
weejub's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
Overland Park, KS
Posts: 43

I don't think the type of apples is an issue - should be able to use about anything.

I think the issue is the amount of campden vs the amount of yeast, possibly. Also could be some bottles got more and some less?

Did your test bottle taste dryer than before, too?
__________________
Jamie B.

On deck: More Cider - new yeasts
Primary: Nothing!!
Secondary: Nothing!!
Drinking: Lots of stuff, but not as much as I would like :)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2011, 11:48 AM   #4
Dicky
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Nottingham
Posts: 229

Yes it did. I'm assuming that it must have continued to ferment in the bottle and I didn't add enough stabiliser to stop it.

Would this cause that much carbonation?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2011, 04:49 PM   #5
Walking_Target
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Peterborough, ON
Posts: 228
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts


yep!

depending on the yeast you used and the type of residual sugar, you can definitely get a monster that will not stop fermenting period - EC-1118 is like that. I've done a batch of mead where i used campden and sorbate and the EC-1118 plowed through that like it was nothing, finished below 1.000 sg.

But hey, you made a finished product that is drinkable and tasty! RDWHAHB

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2011, 01:40 AM   #6
Sharkeydude
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
In the Mountains, TN
Posts: 81
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Walking_Target View Post
yep!

depending on the yeast you used and the type of residual sugar, you can definitely get a monster that will not stop fermenting period - EC-1118 is like that. I've done a batch of mead where i used campden and sorbate and the EC-1118 plowed through that like it was nothing, finished below 1.000 sg.

But hey, you made a finished product that is drinkable and tasty! RDWHAHB
Same here, no matter what yeast I use, it still continues to work in the jug after a good cold crash in the fridge. Campden only puts the yeast to sleep for a few days then, its back to working. It actually changes every day but, I consume it so fast, I haven't had the chance to try a batch over 2 weeks old yet...lol! Gotta love cider!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2011, 07:59 AM   #7
Dicky
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Nottingham
Posts: 229

I did add Sorbate as well as Campden, but it was a 6 gallon batch. Plus I didn't kill off any natural yeast at the start. Oh well, I'm pretty impressed for my first attempt at brewing anything. It's a drinkable, sparkling, homegrown, hard cider.

Lovely!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2011, 08:08 AM   #8
Rockape66
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Marysville, OH
Posts: 334
Liked 7 Times on 4 Posts


That actually sounds like a perfect mix of apples for a welll balance cider. It just wasn' finished before bottling. By accident you have achieved what many cidermakers aspire to. Good show!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2011, 08:07 PM   #9
weejub
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
weejub's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
Overland Park, KS
Posts: 43

I just put my 3 gallon batch through the dishwasher. It was really carbing quickly. I hope the dishwasher killed the yeast I'm going to pasteurize my test plastic bottle, too and monitor its progress.
__________________
Jamie B.

On deck: More Cider - new yeasts
Primary: Nothing!!
Secondary: Nothing!!
Drinking: Lots of stuff, but not as much as I would like :)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2011, 07:54 AM   #10
Dicky
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Nottingham
Posts: 229

Haha, some serious beginners luck them. Luck finds me a good blend of apples for free and then carb's my cider for me and says "Go on Richard, you've earned it!".

None have exploded either, which i gather is a problem.

I've heard of people putting their cider through the dishwasher, weejub. It seems a little contradictory to the suggest of putting it in the fridge to cold crash it?



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I need help with getting a carbonated cider bhambrewer Cider Forum 8 01-31-2011 01:45 AM
cider not carbonated?? zcaad9 Cider Forum 3 11-15-2010 04:09 AM
How to get carbonated cider aaronjg Cider Forum 4 10-26-2009 12:15 PM
bottles for carbonated cider ilikebeer Cider Forum 4 11-08-2007 09:17 PM
First Carbonated Cider purcell429 Cider Forum 5 12-29-2005 01:30 AM


Forum Jump