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Offline troy@uk

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Bottling Cider
« on: December 22, 2011, 12:31:49 PM »
This is the first time that I have made cider.  I used pasteurized organic cider and made two batches to compare yeasts. In one I used WLP775 English Cider and in the other I used Safale04.  My question is: After I move it to a secondary, how long can I hold it there and still have enough yeast in suspension for bottle conditioning? 
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Re: Bottling Cider
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011, 01:29:08 PM »
Up to about six months you'll have plenty of yeast in suspension to carbonate. After that, it will still carbonate but will take more time - like up to 4-6 weeks - so new yeast will shorten that. You can add pretty much any yeast for carbonation, since it is fermenting a tiny bit of sugar and won't add any character (what I'm saying is you wouldn't need to buy another tube of WLP775.
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Re: Bottling Cider
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2011, 03:00:45 PM »
+1.  There's enough yeast in there for a long time.  The real matter is how long it will take to carbonate.  Sometimes it takes a good month or longer.  Don't expect the cider to be fully carbonated in 2 weeks like a beer -- probably not going to happen.

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Re: Bottling Cider
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2011, 06:57:19 PM »
If you are done with primary it isn't a bad idea to just bottle the cider right away and be done with it. Cider bottle conditions beautifully.
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