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Old 07-04-2012, 02:55 AM   #1
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Ok so after opening a bottle to only find out it isn't quite ready, can you recap the bottle or is it now useless garbage?



 
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:07 AM   #2
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Recap ASAP. If it's a chilled bottle CO2 loss will be minimal, in some ways this may actually be a good thing as the expanding CO2 will force out the air in the neck of the bottle giving you a more sanitary vessel.


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Old 07-04-2012, 03:15 AM   #3
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Just drink it! Learn from what you taste.

 
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:20 AM   #4
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How long did you let it sit before opening? Did you chill it fully before opening??

Rules for bottle carbonating...
1. The minimum time is 3 weeks at 70F
2. Chill a sample bottle for at least 5 days, 7 being better.
3. The 3 weeks at 70F is a MINIMUM time frame. Trying before then most often results in postings about bottles being under (or not) carbonated.

There's too many posts to count covering this already.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:01 PM   #5
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How long did you let it sit before opening? Did you chill it fully before opening??

Rules for bottle carbonating...
1. The minimum time is 3 weeks at 70F
2. Chill a sample bottle for at least 5 days, 7 being better.
3. The 3 weeks at 70F is a MINIMUM time frame. Trying before then most often results in postings about bottles being under (or not) carbonated.

There's too many posts to count covering this already.
This advice may be true for beer, not applicable to cider though.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:14 PM   #6
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I make my "sample" bottles from plastic water bottles. I can feel the carb build up without opening. If it feels right I open one and try it. If it's OK I have something to drink while I stove-top pasteurize & label the glass bottles.

 
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:00 PM   #7
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I make my "sample" bottles from plastic water bottles. I can feel the carb build up without opening. If it feels right I open one and try it. If it's OK I have something to drink while I stove-top pasteurize & label the glass bottles.
+1 I even do that for my beer. I use a lil 6 oz plastic coke bottle and hasn't failed me yet. When it's hard it's ready to be drank\pasteurized.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:45 PM   #8
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Rules for bottle carbonating...
1. The minimum time is 3 weeks at 70F
2. Chill a sample bottle for at least 5 days, 7 being better.
3. The 3 weeks at 70F is a MINIMUM time frame. Trying before then most often results in postings about bottles being under (or not) carbonated.
Really? Because mine are usually done in UNDER a week.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:46 PM   #9
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I make my "sample" bottles from plastic water bottles. I can feel the carb build up without opening. If it feels right I open one and try it. If it's OK I have something to drink while I stove-top pasteurize & label the glass bottles.
I use a plastic pop bottle, mainly because it is built to handle the pressure, but other than that, it's the same as what you do.
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:23 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Golddiggie
How long did you let it sit before opening? Did you chill it fully before opening??

Rules for bottle carbonating...
1. The minimum time is 3 weeks at 70F
2. Chill a sample bottle for at least 5 days, 7 being better.
3. The 3 weeks at 70F is a MINIMUM time frame. Trying before then most often results in postings about bottles being under (or not) carbonated.

There's too many posts to count covering this already.
Theyve sat 4 weeks or so at about 68-70F. Chilled one at 4 days and second at 6... Thinking about letting the next one sit in fridge for 2 wks...



 
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