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Old 05-18-2012, 04:41 AM   #1
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O my batch has been in secondary for bout a week, im allowing it to go another week before bottling. What steps do i take for bottling to make it carbonated? From what i jave read it needs to sit about another 2 weeks before going in the fridge? Thanks for the help, it tastes awesome so far!


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Old 05-18-2012, 06:43 AM   #2
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Make sure you get a consistent gravity reading. Time isn't necessarily the best indicator of fermentation being finished. Before you bottle you add a little bit of sugar so there's something for the residual yeast to ferment. This will produce Co2 that gets trapped under the cap and eventually gets forced into solution, producing a carbonated beverage.


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Old 05-19-2012, 06:34 AM   #3
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Is sugar added to the bottles individually?
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It's easier to add the sugar to the whole batch. I don't usual car but there are web based
Calculators out there to tell you how much to add.
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Make sure the cider is completed fermentation by checking the gravity to make sure it's consistent over a week or two period of time.

Then rack into a bottling bucket (really just another bucket) and then add your priming sugar to a quart or so of the cider stir until dissolved and stir that into the batch of cider.

http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/rec...rbonation.html

After the carbonation period if you want to sweeten your cider just mix to taste with some straight apple juice. I usually start with a 1/4 glass of juice and pour the cider into it.
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Make sure the cider is completed fermentation by checking the gravity to make sure it's consistent over a week or two period of time.

Then rack into a bottling bucket (really just another bucket) and then add your priming sugar to a quart or so of the cider stir until dissolved and stir that into the batch of cider.

http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/rec...rbonation.html

After the carbonation period if you want to sweeten your cider just mix to taste with some straight apple juice. I usually start with a 1/4 glass of juice and pour the cider into it.
Im looking for a level of 1.00 to .999 right?
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Im looking for a level of 1.00 to .999 right?
You should be looking for a stable gravity reading over the course of a week. It's a little longer than beer but a less than wine because of the end fermentation rates.
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After the carbonation period if you want to sweeten your cider just mix to taste with some straight apple juice. I usually start with a 1/4 glass of juice and pour the cider into it.
Why not sweeten it to taste with unfermentable sugar or sucralose before bottling?
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Why not sweeten it to taste with unfermentable sugar or sucralose before bottling?
I think it tastes like crap.
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Good point.

Is there a way to get it to attenuate less? The solution for mead is add more sugar than the yeast can handle. But it also means the beverage is higher abv. Swimbo has been hinting at ciders for a while now so it behooves me to take an interest.


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