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Old 11-14-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
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Curious to know who does and doesn't rack off primary...


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Old 11-14-2013, 01:26 AM   #2
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"He" is a she...

I rack mine from primary into a keg. Unless you are making something from true cider apples, my personal opinion would be that you can drink it around 1 month+.


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He is a she???




Then I love her.




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I rack my cider several times to make sure it is crystal clear before I keg it. I'm more of a wine guy than a beer guy, and when bulk aging wine you generally rack it a few times.
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I do an extended secondary in a better bottle with my ciders.
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I do a warm, fast ferment. I rack after 3-4 days into a fermenter with a good seal, but then leave it a few months before bottling. A bit of lees is supposed to help with MLF, and can also soak up a bit of oxygen. I think it is good to leave cider on the lees for a while, even up to 6-9 months.
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Then I love her.




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I am definitely a she.

I rack whenever I get really thick lees in primary, and then rack only when needed after that. Some ciders have a ton of pectin I guess, and drop a ton of lees, and some don't. It probably depends on how well I press the apples too, I think!
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I racked from carboy to carboy after 1 month due to ~1" of lees buildup (including original pressing gunk). Now a month later, I have another 1/4 - 1/2" of lees buildup and the cider is nearly still. From what little I've read as a rookie, I've been anxious to rack again to get off the lees, yet keep things as-is in hopes of MLF.

Based on the responses so far, can I conclude that sitting on some lees for an extended period is ok, and potentially even beneficial?

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