Best way to back sweeten cider

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Best way to back sweeten cider

Postby CA_Mouse » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:11 pm

Okay... Long story short version.

I made an Apple Pie Cider (first cider since 1984). Apple juice, brown sugar and cinnamon sticks (yes, real cinnamon) and Cote de Blanc yeast. OG was 1.070 and FG is 0.989 for 10.7%. It is nice and crisp and very dry (white white dry). I want to back sweeten it with a bit more of the same juice and more brown sugar. I have never back sweetened before, so what is my best option? I was thinking of heating 2 cups of unfermented juice and 1# of brown sugar to 185F, chilling and adding it to the 4.5 gallons currently cold crashing.

Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions? I want to make this a little more than a sipping cider and plan on bottling half and carbonating half.
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Re: Best way to back sweeten cider

Postby r2d2 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:06 pm

I usually just drop in cans of frozen apple juice concentrate till I achieve the desired sweetness after it has been cold crashed and chilled.
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Re: Best way to back sweeten cider

Postby CA_Mouse » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:18 pm

I ended up using the same juice and creating a carmel slurry of the juice, cinnamon and brown sugar and adding that to the cider. Dropped it back to about 8% ABV and I'll be pasteurizing after I bottle (both still and sparkling).
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Re: Best way to back sweeten cider

Postby r2d2 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:24 pm

The hard part of cider is it usually ferment so dry unless you catch it and crash it.
Or that's been my experience.
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Re: Best way to back sweeten cider

Postby tookalisten » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:49 pm

I took a 1/2 gallon of mine and mixed with a 1/2 gallon of apple juice and then added a cup of brown sugar, some cinnamon sticks and poured in a fifth of Everclear. Turned out nice! Not really cider; but wonderful cold to serve in shot glasses.
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Re: Best way to back sweeten cider

Postby CA_Mouse » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:24 pm

My 21 year old son likes how this came out. He doesn't really drink alcohol and says the same thing I did... This cider is very easy to drink and that can be dangerous. I drank about 5oz in one drink and realized that I could very easily drink a bomber of it without thinking twice. I'm going to bottle in 12oz bottles because of that. My Sour from last year was the same ABV and I could only drink about a pint, but this cider is so smooth.... :mrgreen:
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