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Old 08-11-2006, 09:27 AM   #1
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I realise that a US forum may not have much expertise in this regard (I may be wrong). This is a stupid question.

I keep getting instructions to Rack off after its 'fermented out'. Racking off I'm OK with, but how do I know if its fermented out.

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Old 08-11-2006, 12:43 PM   #2
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Lots of people do cider in the US, but for specific questions you may want to go to the "cider brewing" section.

Knowing when it's done is similiar to beer-krausen falls, foam dissipates, airlock activity is very low and the specific gravity is consistent for 2-3 days. Cider takes awhile, so I would definately make sure it's done before bottling...unless you are using a secondary, then just go ahead and rack to the secondary when fermentation has slowed.

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Old 08-11-2006, 05:00 PM   #3
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I used hydrometer readings to check mine. Even so, I didn't expect it to ferment so completely and I ended up with a sparkling cider instead of a plain, flat cider. Meh, everyone loved it. I need to do that one again. this time... Less campden tabs.

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I realise that a US forum may not have much expertise in this regard (I may be wrong). This is a stupid question.

I keep getting instructions to Rack off after its 'fermented out'. Racking off I'm OK with, but how do I know if its fermented out.

Many Thanks

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You'd probably get more responses if you posted on the Cider board.....
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Old 08-14-2006, 10:22 AM   #5
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Thanks guys I didn't see the Cider board.

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Old 08-14-2006, 03:57 PM   #6
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Not a problem, many of us track the "New Posts" regardless of catagory. Because there are no unfermentable sugars cider should ferment to 0.995 or so. If you haven't added any extra sugar, two weeks should do it.

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