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I borrowed an apple press and ended up with 23l of pure juice which I fermented with some cider yeast - when fermented out it was only about 3% which figured as the OG was 1.042. I added 250g sugar and fermented again. Its currently in a barrel charged with co2 and I need to work out what to do next.
1. kegg it to add co2 then bottle (a bit dry and sour)
2. Kegg add co2 then bottle with some sweet applejuice (a bit weak in alcohol)
3. bottle it with some sugar (might ferment again and explode) - or use lactic acid but that might taste awful.
4. bottle as is then add sweetener before drinking (possibly OK but not good to give out to neighbours)
this is my first attempt at cider after several yearts of beer brewing and I'm keen to avoid souring due to oxygenation.
 

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I going to try carbonating in a kegg and adding some sweetened apple juice as it is just a bit too sour at the moment.
once its tasting OK from the kegg I'll leave it for a week or so then bottle it and hope for the best.
 

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sorry to not see this earlier - wouldn't there be a risk that the sugar in the apple juice will re-ferment ? There are various back sweetening techniques covered on here, but I would encourage you to try some dry cider - its really pretty good once you get used to it.
 

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sorry to not see this earlier - wouldn't there be a risk that the sugar in the apple juice will re-ferment ? There are various back sweetening techniques covered on here, but I would encourage you to try some dry cider - its really pretty good once you get used to it.
Yes I did think this was a possability - I've bottled 20 or so with some apple juice now - keeping them in the shed !
I'll probably bottle the rest just as it is and keep for a hot summer evening.
 

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I borrowed an apple press and ended up with 23l of pure juice which I fermented with some cider yeast - when fermented out it was only about 3% which figured as the OG was 1.042. I added 250g sugar and fermented again. Its currently in a barrel charged with co2 and I need to work out what to do next.
1. kegg it to add co2 then bottle (a bit dry and sour)
2. Kegg add co2 then bottle with some sweet applejuice (a bit weak in alcohol)
3. bottle it with some sugar (might ferment again and explode) - or use lactic acid but that might taste awful.
4. bottle as is then add sweetener before drinking (possibly OK but not good to give out to neighbours)
this is my first attempt at cider after several yearts of beer brewing and I'm keen to avoid souring due to oxygenation.
How do you arrive at 3% with an OG of 1042? What was your FG? It should be round about 1000.
 

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