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Old 01-04-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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Apologies in advance. I know this has to have been asked before but I couldn't find anything.

I just racked 6 gal to secondary and am starting to think about how I want to finish the cider. After tasting it before going into secondary, there seems to be very little "apple" flavor. I have 1 gal of frozen unpasteurized sweet cider that I was thinking about using to add apple flavor and backsweeten. Are there any guidelines on quantity to use.

 
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:44 AM   #2
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Are you planing on bottling it still or conditioning it in the Bottle. If you are going to bottle condition than you cant add more sugar, apple juice, it will just ferment out again.
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:12 AM   #3
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I'm going to go for still. Would 1 gallon added to 6 gallons be enough to impart apple flavor? I guess I could also add some concentrate but I wanted to stick with as much natural flavors as I could.

 
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:24 AM   #4
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If you add more sugar to the cider it will just ferment out. You need to add some Potassium Sorbate and let it sit a day or two to work.

I backsweetened a batch with 1 C honey and 1 frozen can of concentrate which made the cider taste fuller and more appley tasting.
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:50 AM   #5
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Right. I will add Potassium Sorbate in order to halt fermentation. My question is whether 1 gal of sweet cider is enough to impart the appley taste.

 
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:52 AM   #6
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Yep, it should work fine.
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:04 PM   #7
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I do one can of frozen concentrate per 3 gal batch of cider. Still plenty tart with just a hint of sweetness.

 
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:14 PM   #8
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I used 2 cans of frozen concentrate to a 5 gallon batch that was stripped of apple flavor and now is quite fine

 
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:11 PM   #9
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curbdawg says he used 2 cans...I used 1 because it was enough, but would have used more if I thought it was necessary.

If you add 1 gallon of cider you'll "water down" your alcohol percentage. I'd stick with the concentrate.
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:34 AM   #10
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Good point. I'll add 1 or 2 cans of concentrate.

 
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