Take the 2-minute tour ×
Homebrewing Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for dedicated home brewers and serious enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

When making cider, can you carbonate it using tablets? and should this be in the demijohn or in the bottles?

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers

You can carbonate cider by bottle conditioning exactly the same way you would with beer. Either use tabs or boil some form of sugar in a small amount of water, cool and add it to the bucket prior to bottling. Make sure it is mixed well or the carbonation will be inconsistent between bottles. Also, don't bottle until fermentation is complete, or they will end up overcarbonated.

My last cider was carbonated with 4.5oz of corn sugar (the standard amount for carbonating beer). The level of carbonation seemed appropriate to me.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Sure, you can use them and they'll work just fine. I've heard the carb levels can be low with 1 tab per bottle, so you'll have to experiment.

(As an aside, a little cheaper method that a lot of cider makers do is to thaw out a can of frozen apple juice concentrate and dump it into a 5 gal batch before bottling - or about 8-10oz of Apple Juice per gallon can be used as well.)

share|improve this answer
    
Careful about which concentrate you use... Some use Sorbate, which will stun the yeast, and nothing will happen. –  baka Jan 30 '12 at 14:34
    
Thanks baka, I should have mentioned that. It was late.... ;-) Definitely a 100% natural juice with no additives or preservatives should be use. –  Graeck Jan 30 '12 at 17:05
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.