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Old 10-10-2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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Default Did I just screw up?

I have a pear tree in my back yard, and it's the time of year when it produces a ton. Today, without any forethought, I decided to make a big batch of pear cider. I just juiced a ton of pears, and I pitched it with Nottingham yeast. For the yeast, I did a quick starter with dextrose and water (boiled) and some yeast fuel and go-ferm.

I just mixed the yeast with the juice and set it in my carboy....and now I'm thinking I screwed up by not actually researching this. Should I put campden tablets in there? Should I have cooked it? If so, at what temp? Is it too late?

Your quick advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 10-10-2012, 06:06 AM   #2
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My paranoia grew and so I pitched 5 campden tablets in there. I'll leave that for 24 hours and then re-pitch the yeast

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Old 10-10-2012, 06:12 AM   #3
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I wouldn't add more yeast. Wait a week if the yeast doesn't take off then add more yeast.

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Old 10-10-2012, 06:17 AM   #4
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Really? My understanding was campden tablets killed all yeast, wild or pitched. Will it only target the wild?

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It only slows reproduction. It slows down wild a lot. Enough to give commercial a head start. Your commercial yeast might take back off.

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:42 PM   #6
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Excellent, thanks for the advice. I didn't re-pitch the yeast and it's bubbling away now.

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