Originally Posted by scottedk
Is it possible to back-sweeten AND bottle-carbonate the same batch
Yes. This is what I do. It works for me. The only bottle bomb I have had was due to a bad bottle, and that blew during stovetop pasteurisation.
First, get yourself one or two (preferably) plastic 16 ounce screw top beer/pop bottles. In a pinch, Pepsi / Coke bottles will work. These will be the first and last bottles you will fill.
On bottling day, transfer your cider to your bottling bucket. slowly stir in thawed cans of Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate, to your taste. I usually use 5 on a 5 - 6 gallon batch.
Now fill your bottles. Fill one plastic one first, then cap it tightly and put it aside. When you are getting towards the end of bottling, fill the 2nd plastic bottle, cap, and set aside.
Now, squeeze the plastic bottles. Feel the give? Over the next few days, they will get firmer. when they feel like an unopened pop bottle (5 - 7 days) it is time to stove top pasteurize
the batch. DO NOT pasteurize the plastic bottles, drink them instead.