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I would, perhaps ignoring some of the limitations you've posted - fermented it for a longer period (primary fermentation). Cider needs both fermentation and conditioning. I would also make a new functioning air lock as that is the crux regardless, a simple hack would then be a blow-off tube (a tightly sealed tube where the other end is submerged). If you ...


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An extra airlock isn't a bad idea, but I'd also recommend having a bucket and some sort of tubing/equipment for a blowoff tube setup. There seem to be a lot of ways people set this up, and it's nice to be able to swap out the airlock for a blowoff tube (I actually have a disassembled airlock with some tubing attached that I keep in a bucket for this purpose)...


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The shape of the cooler doesn't matter much. I use a rectangular one for my mash, given the same insulation, they will hold the temperature the same. After 1.5 hour, I lose only 1 or 2°C (and I open the lid to mix the mash at least once). Round tuns are practical since the lid can be screwed, they are more vertical and may have less dead space in the ...


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