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Old 02-21-2008, 11:59 PM   #1
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is this different than letting it mellow in a secondary for a while?

 
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:06 AM   #2
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Bottle = NOT BULK
Carboy, Pail, Keg = BULK

 
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:18 PM   #3
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so when people are saying that they go from primary to secondary and then to bulk age, its 2 rackings and then more sitting?

 
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:23 PM   #4
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You can bulk age in secondary. But if you can, no reason not to rack to tertiary for clearing and aging.
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:32 PM   #5
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Food for thought, you can bottle age too after the cider has cleared in secondary. I usually do this to free up my Carboy.
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Old 02-23-2008, 06:22 AM   #6
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should i filter this at all, maybe through a coffee filter or something?

 
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Old 02-23-2008, 06:55 AM   #7
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No, don't filter in a coffee filter. Just let it clear by sitting in secondary or tertiary for a month or two. Some people use filtration systems before bottling, but it can be expensive and I would say it is unnecessary at your level. I say that because I too am pretty new and consider it unnecessary for myself at this point, especially since I see very few people using filtration systems at all.
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Old 02-23-2008, 03:51 PM   #8
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Given enough time, everything I have ever brewed has cleared. That could be months post bottle, but it is inevitable unless you are brewing beer and get a chill haze, which I don't believe those proteins will ever settle out (not sure). The part that I think some people have differing views on is how much yeast should be dropped out pre-bottle. The color should be a light yellow, not the murky brown. After that, it is a matter of yeast flocculation.

It all depends on what you are shooting for and in the case of Cider you want it clear imho. (although I'd imagine some folks using a Hefe yeast strain might be interested in a cloudy cider). It can be aged, but I am not terribly certain how much better it gets over time. I have a few bottles left from last year that I might keep around to see, but it seemed that once it hit around 6 to 8 months it really didn't change all that much but then again, I am not sure if it goes longer if it hits another level of complexity. I have plenty of cider this year, so in 5 years maybe I can answer that .
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