Started a batch of 2 gallons this weekend.
I put my camden tablets in crushed into the two gallons of cider.
I also put in 1 lb of honey to raise the alcahol a little.
Now the first thing I may have done wrong was the cider was cold when I put it in. SO the honey had trouble dissolving, but I stirred it until it dissolved.
WOuld a cold setup cause any problems with the cider?
I was given the choice of 4 yeasts, I chose the dry yeast because I had a long ride home and the others were all smack packs. I didnt want the ride to harm the yeast. They did tell me the nottingham has trouble compared to the others with sulfur.
Last night after 27 hours (I was told 24-36hrs for camden pellets) I put in my nottingham dry ale yeast.
I did stir the 2 gallons for proabaly 4 mins than decided stirring/shaking the entire carboyl was a lot easier and effective. I did that for about 6 mins. I was told to stir the carboyl 10 mins to get the sulfur out.
This morning not much appears to be going on.
Is it time to start worrying or should I wait a day?
Nothing seems to be going, which I guess is good that it looks like not any wild yeast or bacteria seems to be growing also.
On a side note, I added the lb of honey to the 2 gallons of cider. Before I put the yeast in and after I shook the carboy I took a OSG. It was at if I remember right, at 1.08. Which was like 9% alcahol and way higher than I expected the alcahol to be for just 1lb honey.
Since I shook the carboy a lot, will the cider solids that sink to the bottom normally, will they fasely raise the gravity? Should I have let them settle and take a sample of the solid free top portion? I was expecting a gravity of around 1.065.