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Old 12-12-2012, 11:24 PM   #1
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This topic has been discussed on several posts but I cant seem to find the exact questions I am looking for.

I brewed Edwort's apfelwein on 11/02/12 and im getting antsy. I took a reading and i am below 1, so good to go and very dry. I dropped it in the chamber to crash for a few days at 36. It came down from over .75 so its almost at 10%

SWMBO likes Angry orchard so I plan on sweetening it and carbing it up. She is also lactose intolerant so lactose is out. I have a keg set up and plan on using it.

Can I drop a can of frozen concentrate in for sweetness? I am a little gun shy on splenda or any of the likes due to strange taste sometime occurs.

Do I need to add campden or sorbate if its going to be in a keg at 40ish?
If I bottle some up and ship it will it bottle bomb as it heats up?
What would be the best course of action to sweeten and keg carb given all this?

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:34 AM   #2
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go with the concentrate! i have no problem just sweetening in the keg and leaving it cold. i usually use s05 yeast and it's pretty sleepy at fridge temps. if it is a tiny bit active, it's not quick enough, as the keg tends to go pretty quickly. but i guess that depends on what yeast you used.
i share your bottle bomb concerns, when i bottle from the keg, i know they are fine for a few days, as there is very little yeast in there, but if i'm going to keep them more than a couple days i simply pasteurize the bottles. this is far safer and easier than trying to pasteurize bottle-carbing bottles which can have an insane amount of pressure, yours will already be at a gentle equilibrium and there is no chance of explosions. i give them 20 minutes at 75 deg, and they are stable.

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