Why add sugar to cider? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Why add sugar to cider?

Thread Tools
Old 03-29-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
Apr 2012
Tel Aviv, Israel
Posts: 55

I've "brewed" the UpstateMike's Caramel Apple Hard Cider but I didn't add any Dextrose at the beginning. The OG was 1.045.
Now it's 2 weeks later and the fermentation still going but the gravity is 1.022.
If I had added the Dextrose at the beginning would the fermentation go faster?
What is the reason for adding Dextrose to ciders?

Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 09:59 AM   #2
latium's Avatar
Jan 2013
Tempe, AZ
Posts: 110
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts

Originally Posted by sathrovarr View Post
What is the reason for adding Dextrose to ciders?
To increase the alcohol content.

Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 12:48 PM   #3
Nov 2011
Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 1,246
Liked 75 Times on 66 Posts

I've actually found that if I don't add at least a little brown sugar to my ciders, it throws off a lot more sulfur. I do boil the sugar with raisins so that might have something to do with it, but if I ferment straight juice, it produces a lot more funk.

I rarely use enough sugar to alter my gravity more than .010 or so.

Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2013, 10:45 AM   #4
Mar 2013
Posts: 15

Increase alcohol content, or too carbonate when bottling.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to add sugar to cider...? homebrewbeliever Cider Forum 10 10-07-2012 11:16 PM
Why do you add sugar to cider? Calder Cider Forum 5 12-14-2010 12:20 PM
Cider plus which sugar? Crazytwoknobs Cider Forum 24 10-14-2009 09:29 PM
Cane sugar vs. brown sugar for grape cider drunken_scottsman Cider Forum 9 11-10-2008 03:12 AM
sugar in cider McGrath Brewery Cider Forum 4 12-11-2005 09:27 PM

Forum Jump