Originally Posted by helix6789
I used a lalvin brand it suggested to me by the guy at the brew store. I tested the potential alc. Went from 10% last week to 0% today.
what temp are you brewing at? 10% potential alc is about SG=.085, and a drop of 85 points in 1 week is extremely fast, leads me to believe you temp is too high producing to many fusel alcohols.
high temp fermentation is faster but it strips away apple flavor and imparts bad flavors. it takes my cider around 30 days to just drop 45 points.
also if you ferment you cider out dry it takes several months to mellow out and start to taste good, especially with that high of a abv, i would let it sit for close to a year before drinking. what i do is stop fermentation at around .010 which cuts aging time down to a month or so. adding a few cans of apple concentrate is a grate way to add some apple flavor as well.