Did I just ruin my Craft Cider

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Nautalus01

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I have brewed a craft cider (from a kit) I was very happy with the taste and was using brewer's best conditioning tablets to prime carbonation. after bottling and using the specified amounts I found that these tablets are not just sugar, apparently they are dextrose, malt extract and heading powder...

my question is: by my use of this product with malt extract, did I just ruin my cider? Has anyone ever used this before?
 

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Might be a little graff-like but it'll be fine...


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So they are just for carbonation?

You'll be fine. The amount of fermentation that occurs for carbonation is minimal. I'd bet that nobody will taste the difference.
 

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It's not craft cider if you use a kit. Craft cider starts with apples.
A little harsh, isn't it? All cider starts with apples, but the kit manufacturers presumably press those apples for the cider maker. There are no rules anywhere that I have found that compels the cider maker to press his or her own apples. I made a few gallons of hard cider this year but I asked a local orchard to press their apples into my buckets. What does that make my cider - chopped liver?
 
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It is a craft cider as the juice conentrate was pressed from cider apples specifically for the home brewer. Thanks for the info


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It's not craft cider if you use a kit. Craft cider starts with apples.

I guess I need to fire my local orchard. He does the planting, the picking and the pressing. Now I gotta plant apple trees too? Do craft brewers grow hops and barley?


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Back OT, the cider will be fine. A lot of us add malt extract to our ciders on purpose, and in much larger quantities than what you did. I doubt you'll even be able to taste it.
 

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does malt extract have some amount of non-fermentable sugars? seems like this would be the easy way to get a sweet, sparkling cider, without having to use xylitol or pasturizing.
 
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