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Offline Jennifer

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Priming with AJC for bottling (cider)
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:53:23 PM »
I'm sorry if this has been asked before I have searched the forum and haven't found anything exact, but all over the internet I am getting mixed answers.

I have my first cider in the primary, I've made 3 gallons of fresh pressed apple juice, brought to 160 for 30 minutes, added organic cinnamon sticks and 2 cups brown sugar. Cooled to 80,  then transferred to my primary and topped off with 1 gallon fresh pressed juice. I added Whirlfloc tablet and yeast nutrient, pitched Wyeast 1028. OG was 1.061, will be testing tonight (been in primary for 2 weeks and fermentation seems to have stopped.) If I get my FG at 1.000, is it okay to prime with organic apple juice concentrate and let sit in the primary then bottle or will I get bombs? (I'm not kegging as my system is in storage due to previous move into rental, now moving into purchased home)

Any recommendations for the this batch/future?

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Re: Priming with AJC for bottling (cider)
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 06:15:32 PM »
I've primed mead with apple juice and honey with great results a bit slower than using sucrose or dextrose


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Re: Priming with AJC for bottling (cider)
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2017, 06:50:29 PM »
I've primed mead with apple juice and honey with great results a bit slower than using sucrose or dextrose


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Thank you! So you think it should be fine as long as its fermented dry?

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Re: Priming with AJC for bottling (cider)
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2017, 02:54:17 PM »
It depends on how much sugar you are adding. In general, each gravity point adds about half of a volume of CO2. The typical ferment ends up at around 1 volume of CO2 before priming, and a bottled cider would probably range from 2.0 vol to 3.0 vol of CO2. You'd want to add enough concentrate to add 2-4 gravity points to whatever your FG measures as.

In other words, if your cider finished at 1.000, you want to add enough concentrate to get between 1.002 (light fizz)  to 1.004 (very fizzy). I'd target the middle range, personally.
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Re: Priming with AJC for bottling (cider)
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2017, 05:21:42 PM »
As long as you don't add too much


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Re: Priming with AJC for bottling (cider)
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2017, 05:41:33 PM »
You can add apple juice or apple juice concentrate right at bottling--you just need to account for the amount of sugar. Whatever amount you would use of priming sugar needs to be the same amount of sugar in the juice concentrate you add.
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