I’ve went ahead and ordered some champagne yeast, although people seem to dislike it.
I’ve prepped 10 gallons of ascorbic acid-preserved Mott’s and some other generic brand apple juice
I already have carboys and other stuff, including pH controls, stabilizers and clearers.
I also bought Splenda for backsweetening and have sugar on-hand for carbonation.
Now, I’ve never been one to measure OG or pH or calculate stuff, I just check for fermentation, leave my brews for a safe duration of time and bottle for a safe duration of time.
How long do you guys normally do your ciders? I was thinking 2 month fermentation, 2 month bottle aging, since it’s a bit high on the alcohol. Would that be about right? Or should I stop the fermentation mid-alcohol to cut down on production time? I don’t want this bottlenecking my other planned meads and beers as I only have 2 carboys.
I plan on backsweetening, but wouldn’t just adding splenda into an opened bottle of the finished product be the same as adding splenda then bottling? That’s something I was thinking about, to leave it dry and backsweeten per bottle upon opening.