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Old 10-25-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
Franknferter
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Can anyone explain the difference in taste when backsweetening with Apple Juice, Apple Juice Concentrate, Spelnda, and Lactose? Or if people have used other ingredients to do it. I have to bottle as I do not have a kegging system and I am familiar with the stovetop pasteurization process.

 
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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I don't use unfertmentable sugars as I find they leave a strange chemical taste so can't help you there. Juice and juice concentrate will result in a more appley, fruity flavors in the finished product with the main difference being that juice will dilute the ABV in the cider more than concentrate. I've also used/tried ciders backsweetened with sugar, but straight sugar, while sweet, doesn't taste like natural fruit sweetness IMO.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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Anyone tried to backsweeten using lactose? It's a non-fermentable sugar. I bought a pound of it but haven't used it yet.

 
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #4
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Anyone tried to backsweeten using lactose? It's a non-fermentable sugar. I bought a pound of it but haven't used it yet.
Been pretty curious about that to. I'm just scared of a milky creamy texture, like a milk stout.

 
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:24 PM   #5
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I have to bottle some cider today so im trying to figure out the best way to go about doing it. It seems that alot of people have had success with stovetop pasteurization method, but im leaving town tomorrow afternoon and have to take it all with me, do you think it will be safe to travel four hours in a car about 24hrs after bottling? I can pasteurize them saturday or sunday if nessecery.

 
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