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Old 07-15-2008, 02:33 AM   #1
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Default Cider Fermentation--Aeration Needed??

I've got my first 5 gallon batch of cider into its 6th day (Ed's recipe). It has been fermenting nicely for 3 days in a 6 gal carboy. I don't know if there's a way to rate the fermentation activity, but it's been going at about 30 burps or bubbles a minute. Until today. It has slowed to 10-12 burps a minute. Maybe I'm watching it too closely because I'm over anxious, but is it expected to slow down so quickly? I feel sorta like a mother hen worrying about her chick.

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Old 07-15-2008, 02:39 AM   #2
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You're fine--I had 5 gallons ferment almost completely out at 10 days. Slowing down at 6 is perfectly fine and normal.

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Old 07-15-2008, 02:44 AM   #3
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Stop worrying and leave it alone for a month or two. Honestly, the yeast knows what it's doing but it doesn't know how to count burps.

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Stop worrying and leave it alone for a month or two. Honestly, the yeast knows what it's doing but it doesn't know how to count burps.
I've left both batches of my apfelwein in in the fermenter for at least 2 months. It will probably be done fermenting in ~3 weeks (give or take).
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