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Old 02-17-2008, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default My ciders have been in primary for months

I'm wondering if they will still be able to carbonate in the bottle.

One is a five gallon batch of Ed's Apfelwein using the Montrachet wine yeast and 1lb of sugar instead of 2. It is on week 9 or 10.

The other is a one gallon batch of pear cider using the Cote de Blanc yeast. It is probably on week 12.

I had planned to bottle the pear cider at 4 weeks in late December but it was still very cloudy so I waited a bit. Unfortunately, life got a little busy and the ciders were essentially forgotten. A friend of mine recommended adding a little yeast when I bottle.

My guess is that the Apfelwein will be fine if I just go ahead and bottle it but the pear may need a little help. Should I add yeast when I bottle?


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Old 02-17-2008, 07:55 PM   #2
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That length of time shouldn't be a problem at all. Some people have left stuff for a year or more and still carbonated. With your perry, was it straight juice/yeast, or did you add ther ingredients to your recipe?


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That length of time shouldn't be a problem at all. Some people have left stuff for a year or more and still carbonated. With your perry, was it straight juice/yeast, or did you add ther ingredients to your recipe?
The pear was just a gallon of Gerber pear juice, about 4oz of corn sugar and the yeast. I'm concerned that the yeast will be dormant at this point.
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Although many have gone a long period of time, there have been quite a few reports of lack of carbonation after something like the 3 to 4 month period. To play it safe it wouldn't hurt in the least to sprinkle some yeast (you only need a light sprinkling) to give you some extra insurance. If you want to carbonate it in a cool area, then Lager yeast is a great choice. I have only ever added yeast after extended Lagering to ensure carbonation, other than that most everything has carbonated fully.
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I gererally wait 1 full year before bottleing my cycer and have never had it not carbonate in the bottle (with the typical 1 cup sugar per 5 gal). It takes a good 4-6 weeks, but it happens.

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12 weeks is the norm for my cider. I do not need to add any additional yeast.

I would advise patience w/ carbing. Wait at least 3 weeks before popping the first one. Keep it warm for several months too. It gets monumentally better with time. I never fridge my cider until I getting below a 6er in the fridge.
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Wow, thanks for the replies. That makes me feel a lot better.

Now I just need to find some time to bottle.


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