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Old 12-22-2011, 02:00 AM   #1
scottyspohn
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So I racked into the secondary today and I used a hydrometer when I first made it and it was 1.070 today when roaching to secondary its .994 and almost no alcohol its tastes ok kinda bitter I'm thinking if I top it of with more cider or apple concentrate will that water it down at all or will it improve the taste can I add more sugar at this point and if so is more yeast reguired any help would be great thank you

 
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:13 AM   #2
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So I racked into the secondary today and I used a hydrometer when I first made it and it was 1.070 today when roaching to secondary its .994 and almost no alcohol its tastes ok kinda bitter I'm thinking if I top it of with more cider or apple concentrate will that water it down at all or will it improve the taste can I add more sugar at this point and if so is more yeast reguired any help would be great thank you
1.070 to 0.994 should give you a bit over 10% ABV. It will be dry (not sweet). Adding apple concentrate before bottling will add sweetness, and probably restart fermentation (if you want carbed cider this is a good thing). It will reduce the ABV a bit, how much I guess depends on how much concentrate you use.

What size batch is this?
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Oh, and get a hydrometer. Psychic brewing is great and all, but hard numbers get rid of MUCH of the guess work.
"No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities." ~ 1 Timothy 5:23

 
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:28 AM   #3
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Maybe I don't know how to use the hydrometer Lol..... its a 5 gallon batch blueberry and craisons

 
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:04 AM   #4
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I'm thinking that if you can't taste alcohol, that's a good thing. I'd let it age and see if the bitterness subsides and the apple flavor comes back around before adding anything else to it.

 
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:25 PM   #5
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Craisons? Do you put them in the secondary? Do they add alcohol or flavor or both? How much for a 5 gal. carboy?

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:54 AM   #6
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The Hydrometer scale shows potential alcohol based on the natural sugar content, So you take your first reading with no sugar or yeast added. Say it 1.070 and that gives you potential alcohol of 8.9% You take your final gravity reading at .994

According to my calculation

1.070 -.994 = .076

.076 x 131.25 = 9.975%

Your brew is at 9.975% ABV

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:06 AM   #7
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According to my calculation

1.070 -.994 = .076

.076 x 131.25 = 9.975%

Your brew is at 9.975% ABV
I use the formula
% Alcohol = (((1.05*(OG-FG))/FG)/0.79)*100

I have also seen
% Alcohol = (OG-FG)*133

Both are close.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:10 AM   #8
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You have some high test hooch for sure..

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:26 AM   #9
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1.070 to 0.994 should give you a bit over 10% ABV. It will be dry (not sweet). Adding apple concentrate before bottling will add sweetness, and probably restart fermentation (if you want carbed cider this is a good thing). It will reduce the ABV a bit, how much I guess depends on how much concentrate you use.

What size batch is this?
I was going to do the same add a little apple concentrate to make sweeter! Now you say fermentation might set in again but if I bottle that right away and put in fridge won't the fermentation stop? Also will the pressure be to much for a bottle then?

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:06 PM   #10
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Hey mike I did 5-12 oz bags of frozen blueberries soaked in vodka and 2 pounds of craisons in the primary I can't really taste a difference but this is my first time making cider I was told I could add 2 more pounds to the secondary and it would bring out more flavor but I'm not going to do that I like it just fine now

 
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