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Old 10-30-2006, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Cider has slowed down to one BPM in airlock. Time to secondary?

Hi all,

I have 4.5 gallons of fresh part fresh cider and pasterized cider. Used campden tablets on the fresh cider and added yeast to the whole batch.

8 days and the airlock is finally slowing to 1 minute 30 a beat.

Its also looking like the top 4 inches are clearing.

I assume this should go into the primary in the next couple of days.
Should I add anything extra to it in secondary? Anything else I need to know about the next stage?

Thanks. This is my first batch of cider........


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Old 10-30-2006, 07:53 PM   #2
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Obvious typo. I meant add to secondary... lol


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Old 10-30-2006, 10:48 PM   #3
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Time to rack. Give it 3-4 weeks to clear. If you want a sweet cider, you'll have to kill the yeast and add a little more juice at that point.
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Wont adding juice start a fermentation?

Or thats what the campden tablets are for before hand?

Should I add the campden with the juice after 3 weeks of secondary?
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So racking to the secondary adding campden tablts right away or at the end of three weeks?

and then bottling with juice added to the 4.5 gallons?

Dont I need a 3/4 cups of corn sugar to carbonate when bottling?
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If you ad campden you cant use priming sugar to carbonate, all the yeast will be dead. If you want it sweeter use lactose sugar to your taste it is unfermentable.
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OK if I add a can of apple jouice etc then I shouldnt need to add priming sugar as the sugar from the juice should carbonate right?

Thats if I dont use the campden tablets......
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Wow, OK racked it into secondary.

Made sure there was hardly any sediment put into the secondary.

Tasted pretty good sweet apples with a kick but still yeasty.
Its about 11 days old so far.........

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even though it appears not to be fermenting, should I still ad this k-sorbate that people talk about?
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I'm pretty sure you dont want to be killing the yeast about now, my limited knowledge could be wrong, but as far as i knew you were supposed to add campoden and sorbate at the end of fermentation :?


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