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Old 02-28-2013, 01:05 PM   #21
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I'm on the cusp of being able to bottle a batch of cider. How much priming sugar should be used per gallon of cider?

 
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:55 PM   #22
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It got bait more carbonation but still not as fizzy as I'd like. I might need to leave it more or be the risk batch I throw out
Definitely don't throw it out because it didn't carb. It's still tasty right? If you can't drink it still, just pour a splash of seltzer or sprite in the glass.

 
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:02 PM   #23
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I'm on the cusp of being able to bottle a batch of cider. How much priming sugar should be used per gallon of cider?
I think it was Jacob that stated previously, it's going to depend on the temp of the cider when bottled and how much residual CO2 you have in there. Your final gravity will come into play also, if you haven't fermented it to dry. Here is a calculator that will help.

http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

I personally don't add more than about 3.5 oz of Dextrose/Corn Sugar to my batches for priming, but I have some variables that I deal with.

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Old 02-28-2013, 06:04 PM   #24
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I think it was Jacob that stated previously, it's going to depend on the temp of the cider when bottled and how much residual CO2 you have in there. Your final gravity will come into play also, if you haven't fermented it to dry. Here is a calculator that will help.

http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

I personally don't add more than about 3.5 oz of Dextrose/Corn Sugar to my batches for priming, but I have some variables that I deal with.
Thank! Very helpful!

 
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:14 AM   #25
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Definitely don't throw it out because it didn't carb. It's still tasty right? If you can't drink it still, just pour a splash of seltzer or sprite in the glass.
Great idea will do that

 
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:42 AM   #26
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So, I have a gallon of cider that bubbles once every minute and a half. I took a sip and it has a nice, lite, carbonation. Can I bottle it now or will it ferment too much and then blow up? Or, can I pasteurized it, then set it and forget it?

My post should get a lot less annoying after I get a few successful gallons under my belt!

 
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:13 AM   #27
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You could bottle and pasteurize it...no problems. If you don't pasteurize it...yes...there would most likely be problems. I've had batches that showed no sign of activity in the airlock...for days. And then, if I put the thief in there to take a gravity reading and put the airlock back on...it starts bubbling again. Usually my fermentation is done but it seems to unsettle the CO2 in solution.

The only real way to know where you are is to take a gravity reading.

 
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:43 AM   #28
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Cool. Thanks. I need to read up on lots of stuff still and become familiar with how/why/what is a gravity reading! I'm an über noob!

 
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:23 PM   #29
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I was pretty excited to get this process started and I could hardly sleep......so at 6 this morning, I bottled my first batch! I am not a patient person, so I did a 1/2 gallon batch on the side to satisfy my ADHD( this is what I bottled). Anyway- drank one on an empty stomach to test the ABV and I'm proud to say I'm honestly buzzed at 720 a.m! I will probably drink the others tomorrow after a night on the fridge. But- the cider is tasty. Definitely going to let the other few gallons sit a while longer tho.

 
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:16 PM   #30
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Ha! Very funny post. Well done and cheers!

 
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