So I've just put my second batch into primary. My first batch was the magnum apple cider which was quite bland and not strong at all. Wasn't sure to what I was doing but have done a lot of ready since then, but still need further help.
Everyone seems to have different opinions of ways to doing things.
So I've used 23litres of 100% apple juice from the local lidl, added what brewing sugar I had left which took the hydrometer reading up to 1.050. And then added a 5g sachet of cider yeast.
I'm going for a sweet, sparkling cider, kind of like thatchers gold.
On my first go I used a pressure barrel, but I have a friend who owns a pub so will be getting plenty of bottles off him :)
So my questions are,
- how long do I leave in primary?
- do I have to put it in a secondary? If so how long is best? - can i syphon to bottling bucket then bottle from primary, missing secondary - what's the best way to backsweeten and carb cider, in a big batch or individual bottles?