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Author Topic: Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?  (Read 1125 times)

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Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:34:30 PM »
Just finished fermenting out some lemonade, final gravity reading - 0.999. The lemon flavouring is really good, but it is too bitter to drink.
I do want to end up with a carbonated beverage, but I do not have a kegging setup. So i can not kill off the yeast, sweeten and carb that way.
My question is: Whether there is a artificial sweetener/non-fermentable sugar that could take care of the bitter/tart taste without affecting the flavour too much (dont want a chemical tasting lemonade). This way I can just add the needed amount of fermentable sugar to obtain my carbonation.

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Re: Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 07:27:52 PM »
look for stevia or nutrasweet just go easy when adding and taste as you go

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Re: Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 04:59:55 AM »
Welcome to the crew and forum!

I'd go for stevia, as combat suggested. Just make sure it's the white stevia and not the brown, as the latter can give a licorice-like aftertaste.

I would also add sugar for carbonation to each bottle individually. I would suggest you treat it like a cider and go with a lower lever of carbonation. 5 grams of dextrose (45g white table sugar) per liter should be good.

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Re: Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2017, 10:46:54 AM »
Welcome to the crew. I told you this was the right place. (I work with this guy BTW gents, I planted the seed of fermentation in his ear and created a madman)

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Re: Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2017, 01:43:34 PM »
look for stevia or nutrasweet just go easy when adding and taste as you go

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Thanks, I will give it a go, how is nutrasweet in terms of taste? I know stevia can have an artificial off flavour?

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Re: Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2017, 01:44:44 PM »
Welcome to the crew and forum!

I'd go for stevia, as combat suggested. Just make sure it's the white stevia and not the brown, as the latter can give a licorice-like aftertaste.

I would also add sugar for carbonation to each bottle individually. I would suggest you treat it like a cider and go with a lower lever of carbonation. 5 grams of dextrose (45g white table sugar) per liter should be good.

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Thanks, ill stick to the white stevia
« Last Edit: June 15, 2017, 02:01:47 PM by Brew Beerymore »

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Re: Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2017, 02:27:28 PM »
i have only used nutrasweet once in a cider, turned out ok.
but i didnt make sweet either only added maybe 1-2tbls i think for a 2l bottle
id stick with the stevia, I've heard a lot more people use that.
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Re: Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2017, 03:49:57 PM »
I've used white stevia in an apple cider and it turned out pretty well and did not affect the flavor to a degree that I felt was bad. I could not truly say that there was some hint off funny stuff in it, just a fair bit of residual sweetness that balanced it nicely. I didn't overdo the sweetening, though.
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Re: Hard Lemonade - Back Sweetening and Carbonating?
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2017, 10:40:56 AM »
Hi and welcome to the crew bstryk. I cant help you with your question as i would'nt have a clue but it looks like you got the good oil on that already. cheers n 17.
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