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Post Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:57 pm

back sweetening

I just hit my cider with some potassium sorbate. I want to add apple juice concentrate to it too sweeten it up and give it some more apple flavor. I used a dry wine yeast and apple juice so its pretty dry and not much flavor. I was wondering if I should add this right now while its bottled or wait til its ready to drink. Would it change flavor if it sat with the cider mixture for a length of time?
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Post Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:22 am

Re: back sweetening

I would add the concentrate before bottling. Just don't go too crazy with the amount or you could end up with bottle bombs. I plan to try adding concentrate to some of my cider this fall -- I've never tried it before. I plan to use 1 can concentrate per 5 gallons. Not sure if that's right, but it seems sort of the standard amount if I've read everything right. You won't lose any flavor or aroma this way -- it all stays in the bottles. People have won competitions before using concentrate as the sweetener.
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Post Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:13 pm

Re: back sweetening

Thanks for the info. Its already bottled so im not sure if its okay to pour it all in a bucket to sweeten and the bottle again? I will taste it in a few weeks to see if thats what I want to do.
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Post Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:39 am

Re: back sweetening

You could do that, but it's kind of a pain in the rear if you have it all bottled already. Something to consider for next time around, though, I would think.
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Post Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:45 pm

Re: back sweetening

dmtaylo2 wrote:I would add the concentrate before bottling. Just don't go too crazy with the amount or you could end up with bottle bombs. I plan to try adding concentrate to some of my cider this fall -- I've never tried it before. I plan to use 1 can concentrate per 5 gallons. Not sure if that's right, but it seems sort of the standard amount if I've read everything right. You won't lose any flavor or aroma this way -- it all stays in the bottles. People have won competitions before using concentrate as the sweetener.



Did you ever get around to adding the concentrate? If so, howd it turn out?
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Post Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:21 am

Re: back sweetening

Lazy as I am, I have not yet bottled my cider. I keep saying "maybe tomorrow" over and over and over. I'll try to remember to respond here when it's been done.
Dave

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Post Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:50 pm

Re: back sweetening

I've just started drinking a batch that I added two cans of concentrate before bottling, also re-yeasting with D-47. It has carbed up nicely.
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Post Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:57 pm

Re: back sweetening

Sammy wrote:I've just started drinking a batch that I added two cans of concentrate before bottling, also re-yeasting with D-47. It has carbed up nicely.


That was 2 cans for 5 gallons? I hear 1 most often.
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