Hi guys - my intro gives an indication of my noob--ness but just after a little bit of advice..
This thread answers most of my questions but I have a more specific request..
OK so I have made my a cider kit exactly as per the recipe - OG was 1.041 and FG is meant to come out 1.002 which gives me an alc% of around mid 5's.
I was not sure of the alc% I would end up until after I done the research and now I would like to bump it up a couple points if I can..
Some advice please. Firstly tell me if I should I just dam well leave it alone as its my first brew and I need to crawl before I walk.
However if its not too hard then to achieve an increased alc% am I right in the understanding I need to add more sugar to the brew?
Now the technical quiz (for me at least)
A: can I add "food" after the initial brew has started– if so, do I wait till the primary fermentation has finished or can I drop it in 24 hours after brew started?
B: do I also need to add more yeast at the same time?
C: what is the best way to add the sugar? stir in some honey, just add a pound of sugar/glucose, make a sweet mix and add the liquid to the brew?
D: if I wait till after the primary should I rack it to make a better result?
I don’t want a catastrophically strong brew – just 7-8% would be nice.
Another question - I assume some fermentation also happens in the bottle as a result of me adding the carbonation drops – how much does it increase the alc% from fermenter to bottle.
I guess I’m saying I don’t want to get 7-8% in the fermenter and then it pops up 2 more points in the bottle and knocks me on my arse..
Some pics of my setup