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Old 06-20-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
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Default Stalled fermentation starts again

My batch of hard lemonade stalled for two weeks at 1.012. I decided to add some clarifier on Friday evening to help it clear a bit before I back sweeten and bottled it.

Today (Sunday) I took a reading in the morning and it was 1.010. This evening it was down to 1.008.

Not sure if as it clears it gives a lower reading or if the fermentation has started again.

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Old 06-20-2011, 12:50 AM   #2
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Seems like something is still working. Let it go until you get consistant readings on your hydro for at least 3 consecutive days before bottling it. I'd let it go a few more than that again if it were me.

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Old 06-21-2011, 01:43 AM   #3
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Monday today and it is getting very clear; can see through it.

Gravity is also dropping; down to 1.004.

Amazing!

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Old 06-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #4
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Monday today and it is getting very clear; can see through it.

Gravity is also dropping; down to 1.004.

Amazing!
I would say if you had consistent readings for two weeks before you clarified, the drop in gravity is due to settling out the solids, not a restarted fermentation. Especially if you didn't notice any bubbly fermentation activity.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:52 PM   #5
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Ok, that makes sense.

So if that's the case I could go ahead and bottle once it clears to my desire and I have sweetened it??

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:25 AM   #6
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Did you stabilize it before you back sweetened? If not, you just gave your yeast more food and it will ferment.

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Old 06-22-2011, 01:02 AM   #7
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Did you stabilize it before you back sweetened? If not, you just gave your yeast more food and it will ferment.
Hi,

I have not stabilized or back sweetened yet.

I guess I was waiting until the readings stabilized again before I did that.
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