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Old 11-15-2013, 12:41 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by siletzspey View Post
Based on the responses so far, can I conclude that sitting on some lees for an extended period is ok, and potentially even beneficial?

No, but some yeast strains are better than others. Certain yeast strains get pretty foul from aging on the lees, but others are far more neutral.

There is no benefit from aging on the lees, though. Even sur lie aging in wine means stirring the lees to avoid unpleasant off flavors.

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Old 11-15-2013, 01:31 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by rocketsan View Post
Yooper is legend around here and I know he does...

Curious to know who does and doesn't rack off primary...
I am brand new at this and haven't bottled a full batch yet. I racked two batches of crabapple cider after primary and then racked again after about a week. I'm letting them sit in carboys for awhile...haven't decided how long yet. I have a third batch in primary. I did a test bottle of each of the first two when I was racking them. I do have a question though...I'm using Munton's CarTabs to prime for cyser and I'm getting some white floaters suspended in the bottles. After several days, they don't seem to be settling. Any suggestions or experiences like this?
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You should always get it off the bulk of the lees early after primary as this can cause unwanted flavors and offers no benefit. Small amounts of sediment settling out over time aren't as big of a concern.

With multiple rackings you need to be more concerned with oxidizing. If your not racking with C02 your more likely to cause problems than prevent them.
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