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Old 01-07-2014, 01:30 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

I just put a cider in primary a little over a week ago. It was:

  • 5 gallons apple juice
  • 2 lbs dark brown sugar
  • Nottingham Yeast

I was thinking of having it in primary for 2 months before moving it to secondary for ~10 months. In secondary I was thinking of adding oak chips and cinnamon sticks. I would appreciate any advice or input you have on the recipe.

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Old 01-07-2014, 08:37 AM   #2
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Sounds like a plan! Just keep in mind that the oak and cinnamon notes will keep getting stronger the longer you leave them in. Make a plan to taste your cider over the course of a month or two, and rack off the oak/cinnamon when it has reached the level you want.

I typically add a ground cinnamon/nutmeg mix (presoaked in vodka to extract the oils) and rack off it after 2-4 weeks. Many folks use whole cinnamon sticks, which I have read take a bit longer.

Hope that helps! :-)

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Cool, thanks for the input. I think I will just float the oak and cinnamon sticks in a bag in secondary and pull them out when I like the taste. Maybe soak them all in rum or brandy? A lot of things I could potentially do lol.

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Yes, soaking the oak in an alcohol along with the cinnamon will extract oils that would take a lot longer to extract mearly placing them in the brew. Just remember that if you use a brandy or whiskey instead of a vodka you will be adding an extra layer of taste to the brew. Not necessarily a bad thing but just one more taste to factor in!

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sounds like its gonna be really sweet. let me know how it turns out with just brown sugar please I've been wanting more info on this…!!

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sounds like its gonna be really sweet. let me know how it turns out with just brown sugar please I've been wanting more info on this…!!
Will do. Maybe I will take out a sample of it when I move it to secondary, and some after the flavoring in secondary.
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