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Old 11-24-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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I made my first cider a few weeks ago, just a simple experiment with a gallon of cider, some cinnamon, and some leftover ale yeast (not sure which yeast). The OG was 1.060 and I have yet to take a hydrometer reading, as I'm trying to be patient!!

What I'm wondering is should I carbonate this cider? I know it's a matter of preference but what would you all suggest? I'd like to carbonate it but I'm not sure if the process is the same as beer. Do I need to pasteurize it? Please help! Thanks!

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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If you let it ferment to completion (dry), yes. If you want it sweet you need to back sweeten and then pasteurize.

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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Yes. You should carb it. In my time doing cider and using ale yeast, if you don't carb it taste like flat beer.

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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It has fermented from 1.060 to 1.000. The sample tasted really hot with alcohol so I may backsweeten it.

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:00 PM   #5
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However I'm not sure how to backsweeten it. Help?!

And would carbonating it be the same as beer?

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:04 PM   #6
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However I'm not sure how to do that. Help?!

Also, would carbing it be the same as with beer?

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:09 PM   #7
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I'm new at this but I think carb it.... I tried one at the brew store that was not carbed and like the last guy said.... Was like flat beer.... Carbed is better I would bet
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:24 PM   #8
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So for one gallon of cider, how much corn sugar should use? Since I'm back sweetening it? What should I use to backsweeten?

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:34 PM   #9
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I just backsweeten with more cider.

I usually add about 1/4 of what I've fermented.

I keg, but if you're bottling you will need to let it sit a day or so after you bottle so that it will begin to carb using the sugar in the added cider. Test a bottle every day and when it is fully carbed, pasturize it using hot water. Pasturization will prevent further carbonation and possible bottle bombs. There are links on this site for how to do that.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:37 PM   #10
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Okay. So I don't use corn sugar? Just the sugar from added cider?

Also the search feature on the iPhone is terrible...can you post a good link to the pasteurization thread?

 
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