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Old 08-28-2010, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default 1st attempt at cider, not going very well!

Ok, so... I started my first attempt at making cider last week. I used 23L of 100% apple juice, with no preservatives from the grocery store. I then added 2lbs of brown sugar and one 11g pack of S-04 yeast. Fermentation began quickly and after 1 week I looked in and there is still a thin layer of krausen that won't go away. I decided I would check the gravity, and it's still only at 1.046 and my SG was 1.060. It's been 1 week and I figured it would have been done fermenting by now.

What do you guys think? Am I too impatient, or was this a failure



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Old 08-28-2010, 07:33 PM   #2
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You're too impatient. With two lbs of sugar, this batch will take a while, even after active fermentation is done.



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did you add any yeast nutrient?? without nutrient the yeast are gonna have a very hard time fermenting the apple juice as it is fairly low in nitrogen.......

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did you add any yeast nutrient?? without nutrient the yeast are gonna have a very hard time fermenting the apple juice as it is fairly low in nitrogen.......
No, what is yeast nutrient and is it too late to add it now?
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its a nutrient to help ensure a healthy fermentation, for beer its not necessary as malt has all the needed nutrients, but for things like cider or mead its a good idea to add it

any lhbs will have it
http://www.google.com/products?q=wyeast+yeast+nutrient&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=1Lp5TJGmOY-4sQOYyOTsCg&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=image& resnum=3&ved=0CC0QzAMwAg

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its a nutrient to help ensure a healthy fermentation, for beer its not necessary as malt has all the needed nutrients, but for things like cider or mead its a good idea to add it

any lhbs will have it
http://www.google.com/products?q=wyeast+yeast+nutrient&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=1Lp5TJGmOY-4sQOYyOTsCg&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=image& resnum=3&ved=0CC0QzAMwAg
Is it too late to add it now?
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Add it now but make sure you hydrate the nutrients first. If you just dump powdered nutrients into your fermenter, you'll get a geyser (ask me how I know).

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Do you guys usually add nutrient to your cider? I've never done it before..

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For light sparkling cider (like a draft-style) I do not use yeast nutrient.

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Now I am really confused

Do I really need this yeast nutrient, or will my cider ferment on it's own?



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