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Old 02-13-2014, 12:52 AM   #1
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I pitched a vial of White Labs WLP645 Brettanomyces claussenii into 1 gallon of unfiltered organic apple juice and a few days later I saw what I hope turns out to be a healthy pellicle. I didn't see any activity in the airlock or even any co2 bubbles in the juice. Is it normal to not have any "active" type of fermentation with 100% Brett? And how long until I should bottle/keg it?

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Old 02-13-2014, 04:32 PM   #2
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I just realized maybe this would be better to post in the cider forum...

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Any chance that you didn't aerate the apple juice before pitching the yeast?

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I've seen brett fermentation with zero airlock activity. It seems to vary, my last one was Brett L.;

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Any chance that you didn't aerate the apple juice before pitching the yeast?
I did shake it up vigorously for a few minutes.
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Now I'm wondering how I know when it's time to bottle?

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Update: After pitching the vial of Brett on 2/2/14 I didn't see any activity except the pellicle form a few days later. Around mid April I did a taste test and the cider was still sweet and I was thinking about adding in some other type of yeast to complete the job that the brett never started, but I hadn't gotten around to messing with it yet. Then, while refilling the airlock on 4/27, I noticed there was some vigorous fermenting going on! I'm not sure exactly when it started but I could tell some of the krausen had at some point in the last few days made it up the neck of the gallon jug and as of today, 5/1/14, it is still chugging along with a nice layer of white frothy bubbles in the neck! I'm not sure what would cause this to just randomly start fermenting almost 3 months later (warmer temps maybe?) but hey, I'm not going to complain!

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