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Old 03-21-2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default Bottling Early vs. Bottling Late

If making a dry cider and the fermentation has stopped (FG<=1.000 and no bubbles), what would be the difference between letting the cider age in the carboy vs. bottling it and letting it age in the bottles?

On a related note, does cider benefit from sitting on the lees or do people rack it off as soon as the fermentation finishes?

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Old 03-22-2011, 04:24 AM   #2
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Bottling early is safer, specially if you bottle condition/carbonate. If you leave it longer you will get less deposit in the bottles, though if you carbonate there will always be some deposit. If you are bottling still cider then a couple of rackings to get the cider clear is recommended.

Cider doesn't really benefit from time on lees, though a few months doesn't seem to hurt.

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