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How to sweeten my pasteurised apple juice?

I’ve bottled and pasteurised some apple juice and it’s a bit “tart” this year. What should I use to sweeten it? Any tips for avoiding this again next year while I’m bottling? TIA
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My vodka added beer became sweet!

in my country it's illegal to buy or sell alcoholic drinks. so I started trying to make them at home. I make vodka by distillation and it tastes good as any other vodka. A few days ago I bought non ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of various ways of going for a sweet wine?

In reading up on the subject online I found there exist various ways of making sweet wine. However, each source seems to claims different dangers / disadvantages of doing things the 'wrong way'. I ...
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Unfermented Wine - What to do?

I had a real problem with this years Zinfandel. It got delivered at 29 brix which I think is the source of the problem. I added 13% water to try to get it down around 25 brix at the 72 hour mark ...
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How can I prime bottled beer in accordance with the reinheitsgebot?

I so far brew beer using two different beer brewing kits. One required adding honey, the other sugar, for the bottling. First of all - isn't this breaking the reinheitsgebot? As a German I feel ...
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Stuck fermentation vs arrested fermentation

It is my first grape wine home brewing and I have been reading up a lot regarding yeast fermentation. I like my wine bit sweet and I read that either adding alcohol as in port method or adding a ...
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Sweetness level for a dry mead

According to BJCP guide, a dry mead is a mead with FG approximately 0.995-1.010, and semi-sweet mead is 1.010-1.025. I have a session/hydromel (with OG=1.050) mead finishing at 1.005. It is very ...
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Why are some of my batches too sweet in the bottle, and can I rescue them?

I've had pretty good success brewing kits generally, but towards the end of last year I went on a mission brewing a few batches in fairly rapid succession. Unfortunately for me, most of the resultant ...
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Do sugar alcohols count against yeast alcohol tolerance?

I consider using erythritol or other sugar alcohols in my "girls' brew". Because girls demanded something really sweet and that's the simplest way to get it. If I add it to the boil, will it count ...
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How to increase sweetness without adding body?

Most methods, like increasing mash temperature, adding oat flakes, or using lactose, increase body even more than sweetness. Are there any methods to increase sweetness only, without affecting body? ...
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How to add sweetness to Stout beer?

One of the most famous stout is Guinness (a dry stout to be more precise). I personally don't like much this dry / 'salty' type of stout. I like the sweeter ones, like you were almost drinking a cup ...
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What types of artificial sweetener are normally used in fruit cider in the UK & US?

Since yeast will generally eat any sugar you add to your must/cider, adding sugar for sweetness in home-brewing isn't really an option unless you get more elaborate and pasteurise, etc. So artificial ...
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Beer too sweet and already force carbed…can I restart fermentation to dry it out?

As the title suggests, I'm looking for options to dry out a beer (stout) that's already been force carbed in a keg. Can I simply bring it back up to temp in hopes that fermentation will restart? It's ...
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Is there any way to make a bottle-fermented beer/cider sweeter?

If you are bottling still, or force carbonating, you can presumably kill the yeast and then add sugar/syrup/honey/fruit juice to sweeten (though I don't know how). But if you are bottle-fermenting ...
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Sweetening a tart fruit beer?

So I'm doing a first attempt at a Blackberry Wheat beer, per a request from a co-worker. All seems to be fine and good, however before I went to bottle I tasted it and, not unexpectedly, it is a ...
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Why is IBU/GU a good measure?

Since the FG is what measures the residual sugar in the final beer, why do we use OG, instead of FG, to calculate the ratio of the bitterness over the sweetness in final beer? How precisely is the ...
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What makes a beer malty and sweet?

I've read multiple times now that "malty", as a taste, does not mean "sweet"; it is therefor possible to have a dry, malty brew, or a sweet, non malty brew. Is "malty" the same as "body", or is "body" ...
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How to sweeten up my pumpkin ale?

I just tasted my pumpkin ale after fermentation was complete and it's not as sweet as I was hoping. The spice and pumpkin flavors are great, but I'd like it to have a slightly sweeter finish. I ...
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Butter Flavor in Non-Alcoholic Rootbeer Recipe (Harry Potter Inspired)

Good day, I've done a lot of beer making (primarily pale ales, hefeweizens, and IPAs) for about 5 years, and mead for about 15 years. I would like to request a "go to" non or low alcoholic root beer ...
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Making Sweet Mead this weekend

guys, I'm planning to brew a sweet mead this weekend with 15-18 lbs of honey for a 5 gallon batch... Here's my goal... I want it to be strong (15% or so) and sweet. I'm pretty much prepared, but ...
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Too much sweetness and banana like aroma/taste

I've been brewing 6 batches of Ale and I've had problems with sweetness and banana like aroma and taste (esters probably). I think the problem is the fermentation temperature. My fermentation bucket ...
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What factors go into calculating perceived sweetness/bitterness?

Some sites calculate bitterness vs sweetness on a scale of sorts, where one side is "malty sweet", and the other side is "hoppy bitter" (ex. hopville). My question is, to do a very basic calculation ...
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Vegan option for lactose?

I have been vegan since 2000. So lactose is out for my brews. What would be a good substitute? I have seen people suggest maltodextrin as it is an unfermentable sugar, but it doesn't add any ...
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Are the terms “dry”, “low FG” and “drinkable” synonymous?

Hopefully this doesn't fall under "opinion" but I believe this will help alleviate some questions on mashing/fermentation techniques. I guess you could break this question into parts. Also the term "...
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Which sweeteners are good

I need something to sweeten my alcoholic ginger beer. Im currently at the last fermentation stage before bottling. I was thinking of using Honey as the primer since not all of it will ferment in the ...
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Sweet sparkling cider without pasteurizing, sulphites or lactose

We've got an apple tree that produces more fruit than we know what to do with, so being cider lovers, we decided to get into brewing. Our first batch of cider was very dry so we've been adding sugar ...
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Is Final Gravity a good indicator of sweetness?

This question is as simple as the title reads. In general, if I know the FG of any given beer, can that be a good indicator to me of how sweet that beer will taste? So the higher the FG, the sweeter ...
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Is a sweet aroma normal?

On last sunday I made an all-grain APA with an alternative equipment, trying to reduce space, so I used my fermentation bucket as a mash tun with a bazooka screen on the tap to filter the mash, but ...
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Fermentation stopped but beer seems too sweet - why?

My last beer went through a normal 10-day fermentation process and afterwards there was no activity. I assumed that most of the sugars had been consumed. But after I bottled my beer and let it ...