Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Nottinghams in cider 30 hours no airlock activity?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-28-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
michgan241
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 38
Default Nottinghams in cider 30 hours no airlock activity?

My first brew of any sort, I read up quite a bit and figured a cider would be easiest prep work wise. after sanitation I got 5 gal of pasturized apple juice and added 2 lbs dextrose pitched nottinghams. didnt seem like anythign went wrong but 30 hours later still nothing in the airlock.

at first it seemed to be going down in pressure but thats stopped. its ~30 hours later shouldnt i be seeing something by now? I'm paranoid i wasted my first brew.

The temperature in the basement is 60-68 degrees so that should be a sweetspot fermentation wise right?

__________________
michgan241 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
maverick9862
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: , MD
Posts: 49
Liked 15 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

The juice didn't include 'potassium sorbate' or any other preservative, did it?

__________________
maverick9862 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
porterpounder
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: South Shore, MA
Posts: 205
Liked 23 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Look for a krausen. Take a gravity reading. No airlock activity doesn't guarantee lack of fermentation.

__________________
porterpounder is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 03:57 PM   #4
michgan241
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 38
Default

no, the juice was just apples water and vitamin C, its currently in a bucket fermenter it wont hurt it by removing the co2 in the headspace to check for krausen?

__________________
michgan241 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
maverick9862
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: , MD
Posts: 49
Liked 15 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

You won't hurt anything by taking a peek. Cold cider is sometimes a slow start for activity, especially if you pitched dry yeast instead of a starter. You may want to bring it inside for a day to warm up and get the yeast going, then move it back to cool down. Cider does benefit from a cool, slow fermentation. Additionally, the addition of sugar to a sweet juice may have created a slightly high OG that is also slowing the yeast.

__________________
maverick9862 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 04:14 PM   #6
michgan241
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 38
Default

ok, when i get home i'll open it up and take a peek. I was planning on getting a hydrometer for my first beer brew but i might have to get one earlier than i thought. I followed one of the recipes with the dextrose from the cider forums that seemed to be pretty popular.

__________________
michgan241 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 04:16 PM   #7
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,662
Liked 139 Times on 132 Posts

Default

It might be finished. Cider doesn't form a krausen, because there is very little protein in it. Lack of airlock activity is never an indication.

I agree that you should take a gravity.

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 04:23 PM   #8
maverick9862
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: , MD
Posts: 49
Liked 15 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

david_42 has a good point: Your cider may not have a 'krausen' since it's from processed juice and not sweet cider. You could also grab a taste.

still & sweet = possible problem
bubbly & yeasty = okay
dry = alcohol

Although I wouldn't bet on it being finished fermenting after only 30 hours at cool temps.

__________________
maverick9862 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 04:37 PM   #9
michgan241
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 38
Default

yea the recipe i grabbed said it was approximately a 2 week ferment, then bottle to keep the sweetness.

__________________
michgan241 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-28-2012, 05:02 PM   #10
pwkblue
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sandy, Utah
Posts: 183
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default relax

at 30 hours it isn't "done"...relax you are probably fine. Cider seems to roll into fermentation slowly...the krausen never seems to form all that thick for me.

At 30 hours I would simply double check your seals. Make sure your bucket lid is firmly in place. Double check the airlock....and look at the rubber grommet in the hole...if the airlock is pushed in too far....the rubber can separate and allow an easier path for pressure to escape.

Just yesterday I went through the same process. I pitched a large Pacman starter on a mid gravity wort....after 30 hours there was no visible airlock activity. The lid was firmly sealed...but the airlock was pushed in too far....causing a small gap in the rubber grommet. I pulled the airlock out a touch...and the airlock started bubbling like a jackhammer.

__________________
pwkblue is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
16 hours and no airlock activity Sixstring78 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 04-05-2011 04:40 AM
15 hours and no airlock activity linusstick Fermentation & Yeast 6 03-06-2011 07:35 PM
airlock activity only 24 hours evilhomer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 02-23-2011 10:27 PM
No airlock activity @48 hours chris19delta Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 06-13-2010 03:53 AM
32 Hours And No Airlock Activity BNVince Extract Brewing 17 08-06-2007 04:09 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS