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Old 10-23-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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So I have Johnny Jump Up cider in my carboy right now, and as you know the % is around 11 on that one.

I cannot decide if it would be best to carbonate it or not.

It just seems weird to me to carbonate a wine-like cider. Any reasons for or against leaving it still or make it sparkling?



 
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
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Personal preference is the only reason I can think of.



 
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:51 PM   #3
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I would not carbonate if it had a thick heavy fruit flavor like a desert wine. I like the fizz with a lighter taste.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:29 PM   #4
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I personally like my ciders carbonated even the drier ones that have a white wine like finish but I'm not a wine drinker. Its all personal preference and that's one of things i like most about making my own ciders and beer is I get to choose how I want it.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:05 PM   #5
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Whichever you decide, I think you should do a couple opposite -shouldn't be hard either way.

 
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:01 PM   #6
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The only alcoholic beverages I prefer still are spirits and hot cider (Yes, I was pretty excited about getting my kegging equipment and tried carbonating some rum for ****s and giggles). I'm not a big wine drinker, but I even threw a bottle of white zinfendel into my keg and in my opinion, it was much better sparkling. But hell, I even like carbonated water, so like stated above, just personal preference.

 
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:34 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Whichever you decide, I think you should do a couple opposite -shouldn't be hard either way.
+1.....do some of each than you will know.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:09 AM   #8
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So I did a 3 gallon recipe, I'm thinking it might be difficult to do a batch of bottles that are not carbonated and then try and guesstimate how much priming sugar to use. Don't want any bottle bombs!

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:02 PM   #9
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A half teaspoon of simple syrup/bottle should do the trick.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:46 PM   #10
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Or you can buy those carb candy things. It is basically a piece of candy you drop into each bottle.



 
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