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Backsweetening Sparkling Wine

In this case I have a customer interested in sparkling cider, but the question would apply to wine / cider / mead etc.

Basically how would you backsweeten if you intended to bottle condition the wine with yeast like champagne?

My best answer right now would be to use conditioner with sorbate etc / keg and force carnonnate. But if you wanted specifically to use the suspended yeast, is there a process or recomended unfermentable sugar that would be appropriate?

Yeast would be Lalvin 118.

I assume lactose would not be appropriate for cider or wine.

My method is to naturally carbonate in a keg (prime and make sure there’s yeast in there). Then add sorbate and conditioner.

Use a non fermentable sugar substitute to sweeten?

Definitely on that train of thought. First thing that came to mind was lactose. I was wondering if it would impart any flavor or texture that may not work with wine or cider.

Over on the cider section I found a reference for lactose in hard cider mentioned by dmtaylo2, so right now that is looking like the best bet so far.

Other options to consider are stove top pasteurizing

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/easy-st ... cs-193295/

And riddling + disgouring like champagne

http://winemakermag.com/893-sparkling-w ... -wine-kits

[quote=“Jeff180”]Other options to consider are stove top pasteurizing

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/easy-st ... cs-193295/

And riddling + disgouring like champagne

http://winemakermag.com/893-sparkling-w ... -wine-kits[/quote]

Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.

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