I have a JAO thats stuck.
I tried to keep it as close to the origanal reciepe as possible. In fact I have made 4 patches similtaniously, but my clover is stuck.
These are the steps that I have taken to unstick it.
first, I tried pitching, (nuked and fried) bread yeast, then adding nutrition, and energizer.
After that did not work I made a starter with K1V adding and increasing must additions at 20 minutes, 1 hour, and then overnight, all to no avial.
Now it has been recomended to use UVAferm and its really hardcore I guess, but I dont know what else to do.
I have also checked the ph. last month (the JAO is about 2 months old) it was a bit high at about 4.4 or 4.6. I have added some calcium carbonate and then it droped to about 3.2. Then having added a splash of lemon juice it brought it up to about 3.6. Last night it was back up to about 4.4. I dont understand why the PH has risen so much when nothing in particular has been done and I am sure that there must be bacteria or bad yeast culture in this batch.
The next step I will take is rack off the lees so as to seperate the must from the lees, repitch with the UVAferm using a starter with goferm, and hope for the best.
Now, I am thinking that the reason its stuck has to do with the one gallon plastic water jug, Maybe its not as sterile as I had thought.
My questions are these. Why would the PH go up? Could I have a poor quality jug that allows bacteria or air to get in? Most importantly is how do I get this patch unstuck??