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Offline kgs

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Secondary for cider?
« on: August 10, 2019, 04:09:03 PM »
The AHA cider tutorial describes using a secondary:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/intro-to-cider/

And from the former wiki, so does this recipe:

https://web.archive.org/web/20171105040811/http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/WestsideCider

If I'm moving the cider from fermenter (in a temp-controlled fridge) to a keg, is the secondary necessary? (From this recipe, the answer would appear to be "no": https://web.archive.org/web/20171105064511/http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/AppleCider)
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Re: Secondary for cider?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2019, 08:39:11 PM »
I keg my ciders and have found absolutely no difference whether using a secondary of only primary. All of my ciders are made with processed apple juice that is clear from the start.
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Re: Secondary for cider?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2019, 11:23:36 AM »
I don’t use a secondary either.  My cider is also made from processed apple juice and is a little cloudy when I bottle, but clears after I pasteurize and cold crash for a few days.  While I’m not the most experienced at making ciders, I can tell you my ciders are crystal clear when finished without the use of a secondary vessel of any kind.
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Re: Secondary for cider?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2019, 02:36:55 PM »
I make cider from apples I press myself from my own trees.  In that situation, I have found a secondary helps.
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Re: Secondary for cider?
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2019, 01:21:40 PM »
I make cider from apples I press myself from my own trees.  In that situation, I have found a secondary helps.

Thanks -- I may be buying locally-pressed juice, so this scenario may apply.
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