Hard lemonade question - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Winemaking Forum > Hard lemonade question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-19-2008, 04:24 PM   #1
BugleBrew
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
SE Michigan
Posts: 155


I've been reading and I'm not sure that I've found the answer to this question. I'm going to be making a hard lemonade this weekend, and per some suggestions on this forum I would like to stop the fermentation before it is finished, but I'm not sure how to do that. Do I just add Potassium Sorbate? How much?

Thanks all

Triple brew day this weekend. Hard lemonade, Apfelwein, and a wheat beer. I guess I'm sad summer is almost gone!



 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2008, 06:54 PM   #2
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 68,995
Liked 7594 Times on 5344 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by BugleBrew View Post
I've been reading and I'm not sure that I've found the answer to this question. I'm going to be making a hard lemonade this weekend, and per some suggestions on this forum I would like to stop the fermentation before it is finished, but I'm not sure how to do that. Do I just add Potassium Sorbate? How much?

Thanks all

Triple brew day this weekend. Hard lemonade, Apfelwein, and a wheat beer. I guess I'm sad summer is almost gone!
You can try, by using campden tablets and potassium sorbate. I don't think it'll work though- it's a hard ferment to get started, but then stopping it is like stopping a train. You'd probably have better luck letting it ferment out, adding the campden and sorbate, and then sweetening it to taste.

The "dosage" is one campden tablet per gallon, and 2/3 tsp of sorbate per gallon, UP to 1.5 tsp per 5 gallons. Anymore sorbate than that, and you'll be able to taste it.


__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2008, 10:10 PM   #3
BugleBrew
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
SE Michigan
Posts: 155

So just to clarify, you let it finish. Then, you add sugar to up the gravity back to where you want it while also adding the stabalizer?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2008, 11:13 PM   #4
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 68,995
Liked 7594 Times on 5344 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by BugleBrew View Post
So just to clarify, you let it finish. Then, you add sugar to up the gravity back to where you want it while also adding the stabalizer?
You let it finish, then stabilize it. Wait about three days, then sweeten. That just ensures that the yeast won't be able to reproduce (that's what sorbate does- doesn't really kill yeast, just won't let it reproduce)
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hard Lemonade question wk1h Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 04-06-2010 10:38 PM
Hard Lemonade question - yeast additives Laurel Winemaking Forum 24 06-06-2009 05:14 AM
Hard lemonade question.... spriggan486 Winemaking Forum 3 05-29-2009 12:38 AM
Hard Lemonade fermentation Question? wpreston Winemaking Forum 3 05-24-2009 03:05 AM
hard lemonade question toularat Winemaking Forum 0 09-03-2008 08:50 PM


Forum Jump