Long time brewer, first time ciderer. Bottled up one gallon that had been aged for about four weeks in primary and secondary fermenters. Final gravity on the gallon bottled was about 1.007. Let them age for a few weeks and cracked them on Christmas and New Years. Those that were bottled tasted great, but a little sour. Dry, very clear in color. Drank almost like a white wine. Limited apple flavor, due mostly to that little bit of sour.
I have another five gallons aging in a 5G carboy. I would like to bottle these 5G up pretty soon, but would love to add in a little sweetness. Just a bit. I also want to carbonate half of the 5G. My goal is to have some of the 5G has sweetened and carbonated and some as sweetened and not carbonated. I understand that to get the carbonation I could use brown sugar, concentrated apple juice, etc. And I’ve seen some traffic on the non-fermentable sugars to add a bit of sweet. Just not entire sure how to do this, when to add, how much to add, etc. Advice on how to accomplish?