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Old 10-24-2008, 05:49 PM   #1
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Is it better to bulk age or bottle and let it age in the bottle?

Does carbonation help a strong cider (cyser in my case) mellow out faster?

Am I better off just racking once a month or so until lees stop dropping?

The recipe I used was only 1lb of honey per gallon of juice so my cyser is not as strong as most other recipes.

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Old 10-24-2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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I prefer to bulk age... personally I think it ages better but it just might b a couple batches that I made

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Old 10-26-2008, 04:44 AM   #3
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I mostly bulk age everything and serve from kegs, but I have noticed that conditioning goes faster for me in bottles, maybe it's just because they are stored at a slightly higher temperature.
In either case, I usually do a month primary, and at least a month secondary. Hope this helps.
In Primary: Belgium Chimay clones.
In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
Conditioning: Mead, Cider, braggot, Belgium Wheat.
On Tap: Clones, Chimay Blue, Red, Porter, malted cider.
Bottles: Far, far, too many to list.

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Old 10-27-2008, 12:57 AM   #4
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I tend to bulk age my cysers, as they're all 14%ABV or more; never thought about carbing anything with such a high ABV... HHHHhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm...

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