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Old 08-14-2011, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default Question on the amount of yeast to use?

I am making 5 gal of hard cider with the addition of two pounds of honey and about a pound of brown sugar. I added one packet of Laevin EC-1118 Champagne yeast. Is this enough or should I add an additional packet?

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Old 08-14-2011, 03:13 AM   #2
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OG??

In my experience, EC-1118 is a BEAST of a yeast. A single packet will probably be enough to ferment what you've created.

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not sure what the OG is havent measured it. Im new and this is my first attempt so im short on equipment.

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Hydrometers are dirt cheap and a critical tool (refractometers can take over for OG readings, but many still rely on brewing hydrometers)... GET ONE right away, before you brew/make ANYTHING else...

OG readings are very important. A lot of other steps depend on knowing at least that, plus where the gravity is currently. Since you have no idea what the OG was, you really can only wait and see. GET a hydrometer and take a reading in a couple of weeks to see where it is. If you get one within a day, or two tops, then you will at least have an idea of where things are at that point. But, there's almost no way to know what the OG was at this point.

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Ill get one in the morning. I just put the yeast in about 30 min ago.

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Im guessing ill end up with about an 8% by the receipe given to me from a friend that has made it before and did measure but well see.

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You can always scale your batch down and take an OG reading that way, ie: 1.25 gal juice and .5 lbs honey, or scale further down, just as long as its in proportion.

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Take a sample now and save it in the fridge to slow down the yeast. And when you get your hydrometer tomorrow take a base og reading

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OG=1.076
Brix=19%
potintial ABV is going to be about 10%! maybe a little less.

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Yeah, if you get down to 1.000 you should hit 10%. Might drop lower though. I've never used that yeast but I assume it will finish dry.

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