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Old 10-07-2011, 03:48 AM   #1
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First time making cider and I have some questions. I sterilized a 5 gallon bucket yesterday at approximately 4 pm est and added 3.5 gallons of pasteurized cider with no preservatives and added 1 packet of yeast with 1.5 cups of sugar. The bucket was kept in my basement over night where I'm unsure of the exact temperature. Today (24 hrs+ later) the airlock was not bubbling at all so I moved it upstairs approximately 70 degrees F. My question is how long should I wait on the airlock to move? Is something wrong? Is this batch wasted? What should I do now?

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Old 10-07-2011, 04:00 AM   #2
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Just wait, it'll be fine.. What type of yeast ??

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Old 10-07-2011, 07:15 AM   #3
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patience.... should kick off pretty soon. make sure there is a good seal on the lid or you will be faked out

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Old 10-07-2011, 01:12 PM   #4
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Don't remember the exact brand name of yeast but I know it was champagne yeast.

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Old 10-07-2011, 01:23 PM   #5
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How long do you normally wait to move it into your secondary, and how long does it normally stay there once moved?

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Old 10-07-2011, 01:31 PM   #6
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How long do you normally wait to move it into your secondary, and how long does it normally stay there once moved?
I will keg my Apfelwein anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks and it stays in the keg (bulk aging) till consumed. I do not use a secondary.
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:55 PM   #7
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So I talked to a guy the other day that said champagne yeast can ferment past the desired level because of its ability to withstand high alcohol concentrations. I took a reading today just to see where it was at and the reading didn't really seem to move at all... I did notice a crack in the top of the hydrometer and was wonder if this affected anything at all or if I just am not taking the reading correctly to start with... My airlock has been popping now for a couple days so I'm sure its doing something. Just looking for a little direction here as to when I should consider stopping the fermentation. I pitched the yeast on October 5th. Airlock has been going since the 7th I believe.

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