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Old 09-25-2012, 03:52 AM   #1
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So I made a batch of hard apple cider with some granny smiths I grew in the back yard. I used S-04 to ferment it. After 4 weeks at 64F in the primary it went from 1.048 to 1.002, so I racked it to secondary to age it a few months before bottling. When I racked I had an extra quart, so I put that in to a mason jar and stuck it in my serving fridge (35ish*F). I noticed that my hard cider in the jar(otherwise very cloudy looking) started to clear out very nicely at 35F. The thought occured to me that I could cold crah it like beer to clear it up. Here's my question...

Can I cold crash it to drop everything out untill it's nice and clear and then take it out of the ferm chamber and let it bulk age (in the secondary still) for a few months at room temp? Or.... should I just bulk age it at 65F and then cold crash for a week or two right before I bottle it?

If it was beer I would know what to do, but I've never brewed cider before.

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Old 09-25-2012, 04:17 AM   #2
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should I just bulk age it at 65F and then cold crash for a week or two right before I bottle it?
yep. cider needs a long time to clean itself up
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yep. cider needs a long time to clean itself up
I'm starting to figure that out. It took the entire month to ferment, yet with the same yeast I can ferment beer in less than 5 days! I think I caught the cider bug. I'm now thinking of other fruits I can use to make another batch!
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I'm starting to figure that out. It took the entire month to ferment, yet with the same yeast I can ferment beer in less than 5 days! I think I caught the cider bug. I'm now thinking of other fruits I can use to make another batch!
Cider definitely takes more time than beer (though not as much a mead). I did two batches last fall. Both took over a month to ferment, and the MacIntosh-Crab Apple blend didn't clear entirely for at least 5 months (which meant that it cleared in the bottle, since we were too impatient and bottled it at about the 3-month mark).

...and now you've gotten me all excited for making cider again! I can.t wait to get the press out again (hopefully this weekend)!
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Did you use any pectic enzyme? If not, that is the likely culprit of it's cloudiness

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Did you use any pectic enzyme? If not, that is the likely culprit of it's cloudiness
No, I didn't. I decided to make the cider on a whim one weekend, because I had so many apples. A friend of mine says he can give me some. Can it be added to the secondary, or is it too late?
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You can, but it's not quick working-it will take some time. If you're in a rush, a fining agent like bentonite should work. Just don't add both as they will bond to each other and the haze will stay.

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I could be wrong. But bentonite won't clear a pectin haze will it?

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My wine kits only had bentonite, so I guess I'm not sure. I can't really find a definitive answer doing Google search, although the consensus is that pectinase is the way to go

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If you are aging it for a few months it should clear up all on its own. I would just leave it alone. The last two batches i made are crystal clear after aging about 8 weeks in secondary.

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