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Old 02-15-2013, 04:04 AM   #1
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Just made my first batch of cider and I'm wondering if it will blow up my bottles. It is very dry and about 18% also I was wondering about the process of back sweetening

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:44 AM   #2
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How do you know its done fermenting ...what would you like to know about back sweetening ....18% wow that's going to take time to mellow

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:01 AM   #3
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How do you know its done fermenting ...what would you like to know about back sweetening ....18% wow that's going to take time to mellow
There was no movement in the cider itself and no pressure in the air lock. For now I just siphoned it into a clean Carboy and put a new air lock on it. I'd like to sweeten it up a bit and possibly try to flavor some of it I'm just not sure of the process. can I heat it to kill the yeast then sweeten or perhaps freeze it then sweeten it? Can I add flavors after fermentation?

 
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:34 AM   #4
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There was no movement in the cider itself and no pressure in the air lock.
So what were your starting gravity and final gravity?
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #5
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I didn't take a gravity reading when I started but I used a alcohol meter and came up with 18%

 
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