Ss Brewtech’s Biggest Baddest Holiday Giveaway Ever!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Cider Fermentation Length
Thread Tools
Old 10-07-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,188
Liked 26 Times on 24 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default Cider Fermentation Length

I'm trying out some experiments in cider-brewing for Christmas gifts and I pitched yeast for my first couple 1-gallon trials last week. Fermentation has basically wrapped up, and I'm curious as to how long this needs to sit. Is conditioning cider as important as it is for beer? I usually sit on my beer for 2-3 weeks in primary, but I don't know if cider requires the same timeframe. I used 71b-1122 ( Lallemand, I believe?) if that makes a difference. Anyone have any personal experience or comparisons to share with me? Appreciate the help.

djfriesen is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 09:15 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Middle of the Mitten, Michigan
Posts: 807
Liked 33 Times on 31 Posts
Likes Given: 6


Traditionally ciders were aged thru the winter and enjoyed thru the summer. My experience is that 6 months to a year is good, Will be drinkable sooner tastier later. There are so many variables that impact The ciders profile. Trial and error is only way to determine when the flavor peaks.

Reality is an illusion that occurs due to the lack of alcohol.
Give a man a beer, he'll drink for the day.Teach a man to brew, he'll be drunk the rest of his life.
I have 8 carboys, 8 cornies, 5-1 gal jugs, 200 wine bottles, 10 cases of beer bottles and a nice assortment of flip tops....My goal is to keep them at least 50% occupied
roadymi is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 09:18 PM   #3
Brewtus Maximus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Aschecte's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Florida, NY
Posts: 1,693
Liked 65 Times on 61 Posts
Likes Given: 39


My expierence is pretty much the same.... It took about 3-4 months to clear I bottled mine at 6 but a said above at a year + it was amazing.
Funky Onion Brewing est.2010
Primary-Turbid mashed Lambic
Primary-Flanders Red
Secondary-Burley whiner American barleywine
Primary-A dark German lager or a Hoppy Munich Helles
Aschecte is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 03:51 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 94
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 13


As others have said it's wholly subjective. I let my last apple batch sit in secondary for a month and bottles for a week, but I just did a batch from farm cider that took a month to wrap up primary and came out so tart and tasty i skipped it straight to bottles.

A good rule of thumb seems to be that the less you "do" to the cider, the more it benefits from a long sit. So if you just put your yeast straight in apple juice, that would take want longer than a heavily flavored brew you want to carbonate. Maybe.

The main thing you will be achieving in secondary is muting the stronger flavors that emerge in ferment that may be undesirable- a strong fusel odor or the sulphery taste cider can take on will both diminish in secondary, and some apple taste will reassert itself. Just taste it every so often and when it's good, bottle it!
Kashue is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Understanding my Cider fermentation ChrisNH Cider Forum 3 10-26-2010 05:54 PM
Cider fermentation question vi9er Cider Forum 4 06-01-2007 11:27 AM
Cider fermentation temperatures Nexus555 Cider Forum 2 03-17-2007 02:32 AM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads