Originally Posted by abrewinglife
I'm new to the world of brewing and cidering. I have some cider in my primary and don't own a secondary. How long can I leave my cider in primary? If I leave it in primary to long will I get off flavors?
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Yes you will get off flavors. Depends on the yeast you use and other factors. Some people like yeast flavors, some don't. Most cider makers rack to secondary after primary has slowed down noticeably, with SG below 1.010. For me that takes about 2 weeks and I won't go more than 3 weeks.
Racking to secondary lets you wait for all fermentation to stop and gives the cider a chance to clear and age a bit without worries. I rack to about an inch above the lees.