Originally Posted by Firehawk69
I have a batch of cider that I just bottled. I used cranberry and apple juice with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg for 3 gallons and pasteur champagne yeast. I was concerned about it being too dry, so I back sweetened with 11.5 oz of apple juice concentrate and 1 1/2 tsp Potassium Sorbate. My concern now is that the sorbate will prevent carbonation with 2.3 oz corn sugar for the entire batch. Is my math off and are my concerns justified, or am I just putting too much thought into it?
Well, IF the sorbate does its work, it will prevent carbonation (as well as bottle bombs from the apple concentrate fermenting).
But sorbate isn't "magic" and will only work if the cider was completely finished, clear, and with very little suspended yeast. It works better in the presence of sulfites, so if you didn't use campden tablets the sorbate might be less effective.
What was the SG of the cider, and was it completely clear? If it was at .996 or below, and completely clear, you will probably be ok and not have bottle bombs. You won't have carbonation, either, though.