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Old 03-29-2013, 12:32 AM   #911
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Yet another great recipe to add to my never ending to-brew list.

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Old 03-29-2013, 10:08 AM   #912
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Yes, add ALL of the syrup.
Thanks
I have another question.
My cider has been fermenting now for 2 weeks. The OG was 1.045, I didn't add Dextrose because I wanted to save it for my beers and didn't understand what is it good for except for boosting up the alcohol level.
I took a gravity reading today FG=1.022. So I think I will let it ferment for another week. Kind of a bummer since I wanted to take it for a party tomorrow.
Anyway, my question is: had I added the Dextrose in the beginning would the fermentation have been going faster? What is the reason for adding the Dextrose?
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:26 PM   #913
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My understanding of dextrose is the same as yours: it boosts alcohol. It is also my understanding that increasing the sugar won't make the yeast work any faster, it just adds to their workload. To make the yeast work faster you can increase temperature or add nutrients. My closet stayed around 64F (18C) while I fermented my cider. Week 1 went from 1.045 (OG) to 1.020. Week 2 went from 1.020 down to 1.003. I used Wyeast Cider 4766 smack pack, but didn't let the pack swell before pitching, so it took a day to really get going. I have never used yeast nutrient so I can't comment on that... I would try increasing the temp a little.

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Old 03-29-2013, 05:04 PM   #914
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The temperature in my basement is 68F (20C),
I've used Safale-04 so maybe they are slower than your cider yeasties.

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Old 04-03-2013, 02:49 AM   #915
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Yeah i got this recipe going away for about a week now... still very cloudy.

og 1.070, nottingham, 65F. still getting a bubble every 8 seconds. thoughts?

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Old 04-03-2013, 03:07 AM   #916
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:16 AM   #917
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:36 AM   #918
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Yeah figured as much. Took a gravity reading today still at 1.030. Got a little bit.

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Old 04-06-2013, 08:22 PM   #919
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Just made my first batch of this, where's the fast forward button so I can get to drinking this already!?

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Old 04-11-2013, 02:11 AM   #920
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i made 2 gallons of this a couple of weeks ago. FG was at 1.008. I bottled on 3/31 with 1 can of AJ concentrate and the syrup (i did 2/5ths of the ingredients). The taste is fine, but the bottles have not carbed up hardly at all. I have been testing it every three days or so and while i don't mind it with almost no carbonation, i prefer it carbonated.

I don't want to either:
1. deplete this batch with opening 'test' bottles (i only got 20 bottles out of the 2 gallons and have tested 3 already)
2. get bottle bombs

There is a very small amount of yeast settling in the bottles, but no where near what i experience from beer.

The bottles have been sitting in the basement which stay around 62 degrees this time of year.

Maybe bring them upstairs for a day or two before i do my next 'test'?

Any other options?

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