OK, so I am a new brewer. Have nice beer setup and my first batch is in the Carboy.
I also came to be the owner of a MR. Beer kit, which I quickly decided would be my Cider machine (assuming I end up liking the cider).
For my 1st batch I did a real quick and dirty job, but here's what I did:
2 gallons juice (tree Top)
17.4 oz table sugar boiled with pinch of citric acid to invert
Steeped raisin liquid (boiled raisins and added liquid to fermenter for nutrients)
Pitch at 74f , 5g Mr beer yeast pitched dry
Fermenting at 66 F or so.
Now, that being said I keep reading how important aging is with the ciders. My question is this: Does it matter if the age is in the fermenter or in the bottles? I plan on priming and bottling like beer. If it ages as well in bottles, i would like to get it out of the fermenter and get another batch in. Can I pitch on the existing yeast cake?
Finally, for bottles: Is clear fine? With Beer the argument is about lightstruck hops/skunking, but it would seem this wouldn't happen with cider? I don't plan on leaving them to age in the window-sill but they might see some time in lit rooms or whatever. My wife likes Modelo Especial which comes in clear bottles. Any reason not to use those for cider?