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Old 01-17-2009, 12:30 PM   #11
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I primary for 3 months - after this amount of time, most ciders will be pretty clear. I then rack off the lees and bulk-age for TWO YEARS before kegging. Most people drink their ciders way too early IMHO. I also like my ciders oaked, and add a 1/2 ounce per gallon of cider of American heavy toast cubes during the primary.

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Old 01-17-2009, 01:15 PM   #12
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I primary for 3 months - after this amount of time, most ciders will be pretty clear. I then rack off the lees and bulk-age for TWO YEARS before kegging. Most people drink their ciders way too early IMHO. I also like my ciders oaked, and add a 1/2 ounce per gallon of cider of American heavy toast cubes during the primary.

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You're making me sad GrantLee63, I did one of those 1-week recipes in hopes of getting a quick fix for my cider thirst!

I'll start another batch for Christmas and do a longer fermentation and aging. Thanks for the tip.

 
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:08 PM   #13
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1 week may be enough time to finish fermentation, but it is definitely not enough time for it to clear. And it definitely will benefit from aging. Ciders should take much more time then a week.
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