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Old 06-30-2011, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default My cider was in primary for just 2 weeks, and it already fermented dry?

Hey guys, I'm brand new here.

SG was 1.08ish, temperature in here was consistently 76f.

I racked into a carboy after two weeks in primary and was wondering why fermentation didn't continue- took the SG, 0.990. The cider is already clearing. Should I just use the sparkoloid, prime it, and bottle, or should I wait? It's been a few days without any bubbles forming in the airlock.

Edit: Forgot to say, I used WLP 775 (White labs english cider)

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Old 06-30-2011, 11:42 PM   #2
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Give it a few days and check the gravity again. If it's still static, fermentation's done. Try not to rely too heavily on the sight of bubbles .

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Old 06-30-2011, 11:54 PM   #3
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At 75F cider would normally be dry before 2 weeks, thats perfectly normal.

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Wait, 775 really likes aging, more so than most yeast from my studying. Mine continues to improve to the last bottle a full year after pressing.

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I would age it out before adding any fining agents to it, fining agents can strip the cider of more delicate tastes and smells.

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All of my ciders have done so much better from letting them sit. With one caveat, I try not to let sit in a primary for more than 2-3 weeks, not sure but I have always like to rack to a secondary for everything. I have not had as good results only doing a primary which seems to be in Vogue now.

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