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Old 04-03-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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So I just bottled my 3rd batch of cider. It spent 1 month in primary and another 4 in secondary. I backsweetened with the original cider and plan on pasteurizing when my plastic bottle indicates my bottles are ready. My cider was very, very clear at bottling, so my question is, will I have enough yeast left in solution 5 months after pitching to carbonate. It has been 2 days since bottling and my 'telltale' plastic bottle doesn't appear to have gotten any harder. Not too worried yet, just wondering if anyone else has waited too long to bottle and has had problems carbonating.

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Bottled: E.J. Phair's Rye Beer, Plinian Eruption IPA (Pliny clone), Pizza Port Shark Bite Red Ale, Plinian Eruption II IPA, Raspberry Cider, Spiced Cider, Vanilla Stout, Blackberry Cider, Peach Cider, Fuggles IPA
Past Brews: Ferocious IPA, Belgian Witbier, Pyramid ESB, American Cream Ale, Cascade Pale Ale, Graham's Cider, Cherry Cider, Man's Best Friend Wheat
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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So I just bottled my 3rd batch of cider. It spent 1 month in primary and another 4 in secondary. I backsweetened with the original cider and plan on pasteurizing when my plastic bottle indicates my bottles are ready. My cider was very, very clear at bottling, so my question is, will I have enough yeast left in solution 5 months after pitching to carbonate. It has been 2 days since bottling and my 'telltale' plastic bottle doesn't appear to have gotten any harder. Not too worried yet, just wondering if anyone else has waited too long to bottle and has had problems carbonating.

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I bottled a batch of Apfelwein after about 3 rackings and several months of sitting. I backsweetened, and had no activity in my plastic bottle right away. About 5 - 6 weeks later, that bottle has firmed up nicely.
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