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    Cider Stabilization question

    Hello,

    Not sure if this is right place for this question.

    If I am planning to bath pasteurize in bottles my semi sweet cider. Would it be necessary to also add potassium sorbate when blending before bottliing?

    Just curious what other people think.

    thanks,

    Marcus

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    What are you adding sodium sorbate for? Do you add it to non bottled cider?

    If you are using it as a micro stabilising agent, then no addition should be required if your pasteurisation is effective.

    Why do you want / need to pasteurise? Is it because sodium sorbate is not doing the job you are asking it to do?
    dick

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwiebe View Post
    Hello,

    Not sure if this is right place for this question.

    If I am planning to bath pasteurize in bottles my semi sweet cider. Would it be necessary to also add potassium sorbate when blending before bottliing?

    Just curious what other people think.

    thanks,

    Marcus
    Why bath pasteurize? Potassium sorbate and metabisulfite will prevent an re-fermentation. Be sure to add this after fermentation is complete and before back sweetening.

    Sterile filtering is your next option.

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    What Ambrosia said....

    You either pasteurize OR use sorbate/sulfites. Don't know of anyone that does both. Why would you?
    Phillip Kelm--Palau Brewing Company Manager--

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    thank you everyone for the responses. I was pretty sure that sorbate was unnecessary if you are bath pasteurizing properly. I guess if i was kegging and bottling from the the same batch it would be a good idea but if I am just bottling its seems to be not needed. thanks again everyone!

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