First Cider Question

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Reignman
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First Cider Question

Post #1 by Reignman » 1 month ago

Do I need a blow off hose when I make cider? I am cramped for space in my fermentation chamber and may have a problem adding a jar for a blow off hose.
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Re: First Cider Question

Post #2 by Warthaug » 1 month ago

Generally, no. Cider does produce a lot of gas, but doesn't foam much (if at all). I'd cover the top with foil for the first few days to keep the flies out, and then swap for an airlock once it subsides a little.

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Re: First Cider Question

Post #3 by Hebron » 1 month ago

My experience is the same as Bryan's. I've never had any foam on a cider.
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Post #4 by Reignman » 1 month ago

Thanks guys.
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Re: First Cider Question

Post #5 by Windsorbrew » 2 weeks ago

I went with airlocks right from the start last year. No issue aside from a house full of a "farty" smell for 3 weeks from the off gassing (metabisulfite) . You may want to by some candles!

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Re: First Cider Question

Post #6 by Reignman » 2 weeks ago

Today is day 5 and my basement smells like ass. I checked them ( Mangrove Jack Pear and Apple ) and they are really bubbling away, but no foam. Can I skip the secondary and leave them in the primary for as long as it takes?

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