Originally Posted by gareth
I've just made my first batch of cider and I know that I have to "siphon" it out when it is ready to bottle but I have a tap on my barrel so what I want to know is how deep is the sediment at the bottem and will it come out if I use the tap to get it strait into bottles?
There is no exact answer to that quesiton. The amount of sediment can vary from batch to batch (even using the exact same recipe).
You can always open the spigot and capture a small glass full. Let it rest for a while and see if you pulled a lot of sediment through the spigot. If things look ok, you can rey bottling straight from the bucket's spigot.
One other thing: are you making a carbonated cider or a flat one?