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Old 06-02-2007, 04:53 PM   #1
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I have some cider that has been in a carboy for about 8 months, I did rack this from a primary fermenter after the initial fermentation died down. I was gonna bottle it, but the days turned to weeks, and the weeks turned to months. I just remembered it today, so I popped of the airlock and it smells nice and appley, and it tastes OK. I took a hydro reeding and I'm getting about 13% ABV.

Question 1 - I used ale yeast, is my alcohol too high to natrual carbonate?

Question 2 - Is it OK to let cider sit in a carboy for months without botteling.

 
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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l think that you can leave it in the carboy as long as you want- it's bulk aging that way. You made wine, though- 13% is about what I make my apple wines at.

I don't know if the yeast is still capable of carbonating it- it might be at the alcohol tolerance already.
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Old 06-03-2007, 05:37 AM   #3
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What is the final gravity at?? if it is more than 1.000 then the yeast have died due to alch tolerance if it is less then 1.000 then there is a chance that they are still able to give a little bit more for the carbonation. Not definate.. but a chance..

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Old 06-03-2007, 11:16 PM   #4
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The gravity is at 0.96. So maybe there is hope!

 
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