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Old 04-17-2010, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default Cider not fully fermented after 6 weeks, :(

So I started my cider 6 weeks ago this coming wednesday. I decided to check the gravity and it is only sitting at 1.040, down from 1.080. My ending was suppose to be around 1.010-1.020 and then I was going to age it some more. I did notice that it was still bubbling a little bit, not enough to make the airlock bubble though. Just wondering if anyone has any input as to why its going sort of slow? Thanks

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Old 04-19-2010, 05:07 AM   #2
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So I started my cider 6 weeks ago this coming wednesday. I decided to check the gravity and it is only sitting at 1.040, down from 1.080. My ending was suppose to be around 1.010-1.020 and then I was going to age it some more. I did notice that it was still bubbling a little bit, not enough to make the airlock bubble though. Just wondering if anyone has any input as to why its going sort of slow? Thanks

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What yeast and what temperature has it been sitting at?
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:08 PM   #3
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I used nottingham, a good amount of it too. Its been ranging from 64-70 degree but usually right around 66-68.

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Old 04-19-2010, 05:02 PM   #4
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Default taste?

did you taste it? has it cleared at all?

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Old 04-19-2010, 07:08 PM   #5
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How big of a batch was it? Larger batches take longer.

Also, cider sometimes needs yeast nutrients, so I would add some of that to get it going again.

How were you planning on stopping it a 1.010-1.020? Cold crashing? Cider wants to go lower than 1.000 and will do so.

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Old 04-20-2010, 02:52 PM   #6
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I did taste it, its lacking a bit. Still a bit cloudy too. I did a 1 gallon test batch. I used yeast nutrient at the beginning and actually added some more. I did plan on cold crashing if it were low enough.

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Old 04-20-2010, 03:20 PM   #7
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try racking it and just wait for it to clear. when it does, it's done. if you already used yeast nutrient and it's having fermentation problems then could you possibly be dealing with some chemical or additive to the initial liquor that's hurting the yeast? did you use store bought apple juice that was maybe treated with preservatives?

again... rack and see what happens.

btw - what exactly did you use to start the batch?

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Did you remember to oxygenate before pitching? How old was the yeast?

If there was a preservative in your base cider (sorbic acid, etc), the yeast wouldn't have taken at all. I've lost two ciders that way.

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Did you remember to oxygenate before pitching?
You don't oxygenate cider. That's like biting into an apple and setting it down to brown.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:09 PM   #10
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from my experience, it's a good idea to oxygenate cider at the very start of fermentation. the oxygen helps get the yeast going and is very quickly removed after fermentation begins. if you don't oxygenate that's fine but i've never met another cyder maker who doesn't.

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