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Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Sam. » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:09 am

Making a lemonade for the missus and I want to try and stop fermentation to retain some sweetness instead of adding lactose etc.

I will be kegging the lemonade so carbonation is not an issue as it will be force carbonated.

I have a few ways in which I have done this before but I am wondering how other people have achieved it and their results :-B
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby warramungas » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:31 am

You can refrigerate it once you're happy with the taste however it will have to live in the fridge from then on so it doesn't fire back up. I've used this method with a couple of meads and it works fine.
Other methods involve either adding chemicals to try and kill the yeast (me no like) like is done in the wine industry or adding alcohol to bump the strength up above 16 to 20% like a port which will affect flavour (obviously) and also how quickly you find you need to hold the floor up once you start drinking.
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Sam. » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:35 am

I use EC-1118 yeast for my lemonade and I have had it keep fermenting in the fridge at 3 degrees, very slowly but it does get there.
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby bayshine » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:49 am

Could you give it a quick cook in a pot,maybe getting it up to 50'c for 10 minutes or so :think:
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Plumby » Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:17 pm

Would flavour be lost by heating it up to kill the yeast?
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Sam. » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:51 pm

I don't think the heating would be an issue if you could manage to do it without aerating it too much, but the more vessels you use after fermentation the more likely you are to get an infection.
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby TasSpirits » Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:14 pm

Somewhere there is a link, where the guy puts the bottles in a pot and heats them, once the desired level of carbonation is reached and the brew is still sweet. Might be worth a go. :think:
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Sam. » Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:38 pm

Hmm, I could put my corny kegs into my keggle full of hot water I guess, that would feel pretty weird I reckon 8-}

Has anyone had any luck with chemicals?
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby bluc » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:33 pm

How will the co2 gas react would it over pressurize? :-B
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Sam. » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:52 pm

Going up to 50 degrees I don't think would be a problem, could always leave the vent valve open and then purge the keg again after with CO2 :handgestures-thumbupleft:

The corny kegs are rated to 130psi :-B
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby bluc » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:04 pm

:handgestures-thumbupleft: let us know how you go..
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Sam. » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:13 pm

Not sure which way I'm going to do it yet :think:
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby bayshine » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:28 pm

Maybe next time use a cider yeast that doesn't ferment right out and will leave some sweetness :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Sam. » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:53 pm

bayshine wrote:Maybe next time use a cider yeast that doesn't ferment right out and will leave some sweetness :handgestures-thumbupleft:


Prob a good idea, then also crash chilling should stop it?

Any recommendations on type of yeast in particular?
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby bayshine » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:59 pm

I can't remember the last one I used, it may have been a SAF cider or something like that.
I got it from my local hbs and I did what it said it would :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby db1979 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:16 pm

Sam. wrote:I don't think the heating would be an issue if you could manage to do it without aerating it too much, but the more vessels you use after fermentation the more likely you are to get an infection.


Heating will cause less gas to be dissolved, so any CO2 that is dissolved will come out. No problem since you're carbonating with gas anyway. So no issue with over aerating since the opposite will happen.

If you used a different yeast then it's pretty much the same as making ginger beer isn't it? Ferment until the right level of sweetness and then refrigerate and you're done. I've never done it before though.
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby copperhead road » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:31 pm

Sorry for being a dumb newbie but is this thread about "alcoholic lemonade" :think:
I'm sure it is but thought no harm in asking in case in wrong. Heard of alcoholic ginger beer but never lemonade
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Azza76 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:38 pm

copperhead road wrote:Sorry for being a dumb newbie but is this thread about "alcoholic lemonade" :think:
I'm sure it is but thought no harm in asking in case in wrong. Heard of alcoholic ginger beer but never lemonade

Me either mate your not alone lol
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby TasSpirits » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:11 pm

Azza76 wrote:
copperhead road wrote:Sorry for being a dumb newbie but is this thread about "alcoholic lemonade" :think:
I'm sure it is but thought no harm in asking in case in wrong. Heard of alcoholic ginger beer but never lemonade

Me either mate your not alone lol

Check the bottle shop Guys, of course you can get Hard Lemonade. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Stopping lemonade ferment

Postby Dig Brinker » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:16 pm

Not all lemonade is for kids lol
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