How many carbonation drops for cider?

Answered by Edward Huber

When it comes to carbonating cider, the general rule of thumb is to use 1 carbonation drop per 12 oz bottle. However, if you are using larger bottles, such as 22 oz bottles, you will need to use 2 carbonation drops per bottle.

To get started, make sure you have your carbonation drops ready. These drops are small, sugar-based tablets that are designed to carbonate your homebrew. They are a convenient alternative to priming sugar, as they eliminate the need for measuring and ensure consistent carbonation from bottle to bottle.

First, sanitize your bottles and any other equipment you will be using. This is an important step to ensure that your cider remains free from any unwanted bacteria or contaminants.

Once your bottles are sanitized, it’s time to add the carbonation drops. Simply drop one carbonation drop into each 12 oz bottle, or two drops into each 22 oz bottle. The drops will dissolve in the cider once you fill the bottles, providing the sugar needed for carbonation.

Now it’s time to fill your bottles with your cider. Use a siphon or a bottling wand to transfer the cider from your fermenter into each bottle. Be sure to leave about an inch of headspace at the top of each bottle to allow for carbonation.

After filling each bottle, securely cap or seal them. This will create a tight seal and prevent any carbonation from escaping.

Now comes the waiting game. The time it takes for your cider to carbonate will depend on various factors, such as the temperature of your storage area and the desired level of carbonation. Generally, it is recommended to let your cider carbonate for about 1-2 weeks at room temperature (around 68-72°F). However, you can adjust this time frame based on your personal preferences.

During the carbonation process, it is important to periodically check on your bottles. Gently squeeze the sides of a bottle to gauge the level of carbonation. If it feels too soft, it may need more time to carbonate. If it feels too firm, it may be over-carbonated and you should release some pressure by carefully opening the bottle and resealing it.

Once you are satisfied with the level of carbonation, it’s time to chill your bottles. Place them in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours to allow the carbonation to fully settle and the flavors to develop.

When it’s time to enjoy your carbonated cider, be cautious when opening the bottles. The carbonation can be quite lively, so aim the bottle away from your face and slowly release the pressure by gently prying off the cap.

And there you have it! By using carbonation drops, you can easily and consistently carbonate your homemade cider. Cheers to your delicious, bubbly creations!