Just bottled another batch of cider - hurray! Did a five gallon batch this time, ended up with a little more than two cases. Its good to get the pipeline going again!
I had an odd thing with this batch, though. I didn't use Nottingham (as I had previously) but went with Edinburgh yeast i had in the fridge, made a starter, pitched, and it took off quickly. A week ago, I took a hydrometer reading and tasted it - read 1.030 and was significantly sweet. Took a reading in the middle of the week, still read 1.030 even though there was visible active fermentation going on.
Today, took another reading and a tasting - the reading was still 1.030 but the cider was notably drier, in fact, dry enough to bottle. In hindsight, i'm wondering if the many bubbles in the hydrometer tube kept me from getting an accurate reading. Perhaps if i had let it sit for a while, the bubbles would have dissipated and I would have gotten a more accurate reading? In any case, the yeast was clearly working (visible in the carboy and a steady stream of CO2 being released via the blowoff tube) and yet my hydrometer reading didn't change over a week. Any thoughts?
Don't worry about the bottle bombs from the incomplete fermentation - that's the plan, I'll pasteurize the bottles after they are at the proper carbonation level.
Any ideas regarding my hydrometer mystery?