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Old 01-04-2013, 01:40 AM   #1
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Default First cider, what the heck is it doing?

Ok, I'm not a brewing noob, I've done dozens of batches of beer, from extract to all grain and a few batches of mead. The other day I started my first cider. Pretty standard dry cider recipe with WL English cider yeast. Fermentation started quickly and 2 days later I had a nice krausen. Today I looked and there are what looks like chunks of yeast swirling around like something is stirring the cider. Considerable convection is coming up from bottom to top and back and swirling around. If I didn't know better I'd swear someone had just shook my carboy up but it just keeps going. What the heck is up with that? Is that normal?

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Old 01-04-2013, 02:11 AM   #2
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Normal, yes. It's the yeast at work. You'll see that with many beer yeast strains as well.

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Old 01-04-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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I'll second that^.
Not every batch I've done has done this, but I remember one that did and it eventually settled down and finished nicely.

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