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Old 03-06-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
Jul 2011
, ca
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O my understanding is sparking cider is just carbonized hard cider? And if so would I have to let the cider dry out first before bottling?

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Old 03-06-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
Jul 2010
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You have a couple of options. The easiest is to just let it ferment to dryness, add just enough sugar to carbonate it, and enjoy your sparkling cider dry. If you bottle before it's done fermenting, you'll need to stop fermentation in the bottle at just the right point, where it's carbonated, but still sweet.

You could use a hot water bath to pasteurize it, but if it carbs up unevenly, or you don't catch it in time, you could very easily end up with bottle bombs.

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:24 PM   #3
Nov 2011
Atlanta, Georgia
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I've had success with using ale yeast and stalling fermentation to produce semi-sweet ciders. I rack after about 2 weeks and this seems to slow everything down to a crawl. (age in secondary) Once it gets down to about 1.008...I bottle it and go on a bender.

The first couple of weeks they are lightly carb'd and semi-sweet. The following couple of weeks they start to get a little more dry and more carb'd. It's not the perfect world...but if you make the same recipe over and will find the "sweet spot" and know when to bottle and consume.

I don't claim any sort of 'recipe' and I can't say it works for everyone...but I haven't had a bomb yet. (knock knock)

My personal opinion is to keep fermentation on the cooler side and not to over prime when bottling. OH...and keep a carboy going at all times. They don't last very long

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Old 03-07-2012, 11:44 PM   #4
Jun 2011
Charlotte, NC
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Originally Posted by Pickled_Pepper
OH...and keep a carboy going at all times. They don't last very long
Truer words were never said.

I use el cheapo Cooper's ale yeast and it makes a perfectly clear dry cider. Could back-sweeten if that were your thing.

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