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rmonge00 10-14-2012 01:15 PM

Cider Storage
 
Does anyone have any good ideas on how to store a massive amount of cider other than bottling. I have heard that you can't cork it like wine, so I am wondering, could you put it in a keg? How much is that equipment approx.? Could you just leave it in a wine barrel?

Thanks for the help!

Ryan

LeBreton 10-14-2012 01:19 PM

Kegs work great, many people on here use them. Pretty much all homebrew supply websites will sell kegging kits.

jlh42581 10-14-2012 01:46 PM

If its not carbed you can most certainly cork it

rmonge00 10-14-2012 02:12 PM

Nice!

How do you kill the carbonation, just campden tablets or yeast?

Thanks!

roadymi 10-14-2012 03:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rmonge00 (Post 4497850)
Nice!

How do you kill the carbonation, just campden tablets or yeast?

Thanks!

Option 1 ....Let ferment dry. Rack to secondary and let age until it naturally degasses or mechanically degas with wine whip or vacuum.

Option 2....Let ferment dry, rack from lees, stabilize with sorbate and sulphite, backsweeten to taste, degas and bottle.

Option 3 Let ferment to desired FG, cold crash, rack, stabilize with sorbate and sulphite, degas and bottle. (this is the trickiest method, not always easy to stop the yeast freight train)

rmonge00 10-15-2012 07:06 PM

I like the sound of Option 1! How long do you normally have to wait until it is degassed and how do you test. With a Hydrometer??

Thanks!

Ryan

roadymi 10-15-2012 08:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rmonge00 (Post 4501138)
I like the sound of Option 1! How long do you normally have to wait until it is degassed and how do you test. With a Hydrometer??

Thanks!

Ryan

I use vacuum so I'm not sure how long to wait it out, would be somewhat temperature dependent. I would think at least several months.
Basically you are waiting for it to go flat. You can give a little shake or stir to see if it fizzes or transfer some to a bottle, cover with your finger, shake, see if it builds pressure.

jlh42581 10-16-2012 12:15 PM

2-3 weeks should be enough. I just bottled a lemonade I did in the middle of september. Check the SG with a hydrometer and youll know when its done.

rmonge00 10-16-2012 12:56 PM

I should probably ask - is flat cider any good??

rmonge00 10-16-2012 12:58 PM

Another question as well. If I do this, I am going to have very large quantities and will be fermenting in a 20 gallon plastic bucket. Does this bucket need an airlock or can I just throw the lid on it? Does plastic work OK? What does everyone else use to ferment large quantities?

Thanks!


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