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Old 02-20-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Did I stick my fermentation at bottling time?

My first batch of cider ever......so bear with me please.
Nothing too complicated here.
3 gal fresh pressed cider.
16oz molasses
16oz light brown sugar
1 1/2tsp pectic enzyme
LALVIN EC-1118

2 weeks in primary (3 gal carboy)
3 weeks in secondary (topped off carboy with apple juice)
FG was .998 (no OG, broke my first hydrometer)
I was still getting a bubble every 4-5 min when I decided to bottle. Racked into the sanitized bottling bucket, added 6Tbsp (about 3oz) priming sugar, also added 1/2cup of xylitol for a little sweetness. It did off-gas a lot while adding the sugars and stirring.
After 2 weeks in the bottle there is no sign of carbing whatsoever. It tastes good, but it is very flat.
22oz beer bottles stored in the dark at 68deg.


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Old 02-20-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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Give it some time. Two weeks actually might not be long enough. Check back after 3 weeks and check more than 1 bottle (then recap if you want)


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The bottles are slowly disappearing one by one. It drinks very nice as a semi-sweet still cider. I am going to leave at least 6 of the 22's to age a couple months and see how they come out.
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Depending on your desired carbonation level 3 oz. isn't enough to bottle carb in most cases. Recommended is 3/4 cup or about 6 oz. of sugar.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jkoegel View Post
added 6Tbsp (about 3oz) priming sugar.
6 tbsp is 3 oz liquid, but probably no more than 2.5 oz of sugar by weight.


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