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Old 02-06-2013, 09:54 PM   #11
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So did repitching the yeast work ?? Im have the same issue but I read the lables of my juice and saw no sorbate just vitamin c and malic acid Ive pitched it twice and think maybe I had bad yeast or killed the yeast (water may have been too hot). But I have no activity in the air lock any advice would be appreciated.
Do not rely on airlock activity to confirm fermentation. Pop that airlock and listen to your primary. Do you hear a pop, sizzle? If so, you are fermenting.
What was the temp of water when you added the yeast...definitely a possibility for die off if too hot?

FWIW, I have never had an issue with a commercial product containing sorbate not fermenting, but benzoate is ugly stuff and I will not purchase products containing that when looking to ferment.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:01 AM   #12
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So did repitching the yeast work ?? Im have the same issue but I read the lables of my juice and saw no sorbate just vitamin c and malic acid Ive pitched it twice and think maybe I had bad yeast or killed the yeast (water may have been too hot). But I have no activity in the air lock any advice would be appreciated.
Bloom your yeast in a cup of warm water with a little dextrose. If you don't see activity then your yeast is no good.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:09 PM   #13
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Thanks I will repitch it tonight thank all very much I will keep you posted

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Old 02-09-2013, 04:29 PM   #14
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Ok so I repitched and it worked great thanks

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