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Old 05-08-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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Well im two weeks away from bottling and all the horror stories ive read are making me nervous? What makes a bomb? How do prevent it? I have regular cap bottles and a apper to start.


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Old 05-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #2
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Bombs come from bottling before fermentation is done. Fermentation continues in the bottle, too much CO2 builds up, and kablooie. Just make sure your final gravity is close to the final FG stated in your recipe, and make sure it's stable over a couple days and it's ready.

Then use good sanitation when bottling Because bacterial infections can cause bombs too, but that's kinda rare. Anyway, have fun and cheers!


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Oops - what I just posted is for beer. That'll teach me to notice that this is in the cider forum. I bet cider experts will chime in with more on-point info.
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Oops - what I just posted is for beer. That'll teach me to notice that this is in the cider forum. I bet cider experts will chime in with more on-point info.
Your info is good regardless of the beverage. Too much fermentable sugar in the bottle can lead to bottle bombs.
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Your info is good regardless of the beverage. Too much fermentable sugar in the bottle can lead to bottle bombs.
So when it states to add sugar to the bottle before adding the cider, is that for carbonation? Im assuming im trying to get close to .995 right? Thanks for the inut.
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So when it states to add sugar to the bottle before adding the cider, is that for carbonation? Im assuming im trying to get close to .995 right? Thanks for the inut.
Yes, that's for carbonation. And yes, you can expect the cider to finish around 1.000. Make sure that it is sufficiently low and stable over a number of days before bottling.
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Thats good info i as well am close to bottling for the first time and would like to have some fizz to my cider. But i would also like to avoid a bottle boom.
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Yes, that's for carbonation. And yes, you can expect the cider to finish around 1.000. Make sure that it is sufficiently low and stable over a number of days before bottling.
I would add the proper amount of sugar to your entire batch just before bottling and give it a good stir rather than adding to each individual bottle.
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I would add the proper amount of sugar to your entire batch just before bottling and give it a good stir rather than adding to each individual bottle.
What would you suggest? Ive read 1/4 tsp per bottle???
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1/2 - 3/4 cup per 5 gallons. If you want lots of carb go with 3/4 down to 1/2 if you prefer less.

3/4 c per 5 gallon = .15 c or just over 1/8 c per 1 gallon


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