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....