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Old 03-30-2009, 02:10 AM   #1
Nov 2008
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so my first batch of cider was finally crystal clear, it's been about 8 weeks, so i added the potassium sorbate or whatever, the chemical that stops fermentation, and i backsweetened it with tree top juice concentrate from the freezer, and now it's being force carbonated in the keg. So i was wondering if i still needed to let it age, i certainly can, but it is clear, very clear, so should i consider trying it next weekend? or should i wait another couple months? this is my first hard cider. i'm really excited, can't wait to start drinking it. i made it for my wife.

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Old 03-30-2009, 02:16 AM   #2
Dec 2008
London Ontario
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They say after 6 months in the bottles it tastes great. But I could never last that long! After 3 weeks + in the bottles it tastes great for me. But before 3 weeks it tastes like moonshine! it's funny how only a few days makes such a big difference!
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:24 AM   #3
Nov 2007
Spring Valley, Ohio
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You can drink it as soon as it tastes good to you. I prefer to let it age for at least 6 months but that's just where my tastes lie.
Meads: Hababero and Sarrano Capiscumel, Show Mead possibly getting split and flavored, and 12 gallons of Bochet Deliciousness
Ciders:3 Ciders with differing additives TBD, Strawberry/Apple Cider
Wine: Black Cherry Vanilla Port

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Old 03-30-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
May 2008
Oakland, California
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+1 for Tusch's comment. I age it about 6 months as well.
Primary:Russian River Redemption clone, Kelly's Melomel, Graham's English Cider 22-23
Clearing:Apple Wine
Aging:Public House Dry Stout, Procrastination Porter, Mr. Brown Ale, Westvleteren 12 Clone, Mead, Duvel Clone, Graham's English Cider 6-21, Belgian Draak Strong Ale, Fig Melomel, Acerglyn, Restorative Tonic Metheglyn

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