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JLem

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I racked my cider to secondary about a month ago and am still waiting for it to clear. I noticed that the secondary has accumulated about a 1/2 inch of lees. Should I rack off too a tertiary? I don't actually have another 3-gallon carboy to rack into, but I suppose I could rack into my 5-gallon, clean out the lees in my 3-gallon, and then rack back to the 3-gallon. Seems like a lot of work and I'm not so sure about moving the cider around all that much and risking oxidation. So, I guess my real question is whether it will be OK to leave the cider on the secondary lees? :confused:
 

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I'd leave it. You've moved it off most of the yeast, so you don't have to worry about the autolysis boogeyman. It can bulk age where it is for a while as it clears. If you rack it, you're just going to get more lees and wonder if you should rack it again.
 

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I would let it sit. Be sure you already have it elevated high enough that when you rack over to a bottling bucket you don't have to move it.
 

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