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Old 04-25-2013, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default Hard Lemonade wont ferment

I am trying to make a hard lemonade from concentrated juice. I made the juice as normal, I added 1kg of malt, and sugar and yeast. It has been about 3 days and has not started to ferment at all. I have shook the carboy to give it some oxygen but no affect.

I thought it might be too cold in the basement so I brought the carboy upstairs, and I read if you add raisins it could help as well, so I added a handful.

Im not sure if this batch is a write off or not, I figure I will wait until the weekend and if no change get more yeast and some yeast nutrient (just found out about this)

any ideas or suggestions?

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Old 04-26-2013, 12:06 AM   #2
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any ideas or suggestions?
Yes. Use EC-1118 yeast, and watch this video.

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Hard lemonade can be a very tough ferment- due to the acidity of the lemonade. I have a "how to" make it go in the recipe I posted here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f79/hard-lemonade-68144/

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