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Old 04-27-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
gcrisler
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Oct 2009
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Just wondering how long I should let my cider sit in secondary before bottling it. It has been in secondary for two weeks and it is still rather dark but not murky. I put some crystal 120 in it so I don't think it will get any lighter. Think I should go ahead and bottle this weekend?

Also can anyone tell me how much brown sugar I would use to prime 5 gallons, or direct me to something that explains how to make the conversion. Thanks.



 
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:26 PM   #2
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I carb my ciders at 6 tsp of white table sugar per gallon of cider, once the fermentation is complete. I usually bottle my cider after 3-4 weeks in primary with no secondary.



 
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:27 PM   #3
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The longer it goes, the better it tastes. That said, if you want to do it fast, 2 weeks in the primary and another 2-3 weeks in the secondary.

 
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:12 PM   #4
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Ciders can take months to clear satisfactorily at room temp, just let it ride.
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:33 PM   #5
unclejimbay
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as far as clarifying, here is my experience with Nottingham ciders...

1 mo primary + 1 mo bottle, pretty clear but still a bit young/yeasty tasting

@ 3 mo in the bottle, looks clear, starts to taste pretty clear and good

@ 6 mos in bottle, outstanding hard to age it past this if reserves are low

@ 12 mos in bottle, never made it there, but I have some bottles 9 months old on reserve for the experience maybe some time in July....



 
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