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Old 12-13-2005, 07:07 PM   #1
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My cider has been bubbling along for the last 4 days, well bubbling alot really. But suddenly yesterday it stopped all together. Is it natural for cider to stop primary fermentation after 4 days, or is something wrong?

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Old 12-13-2005, 07:12 PM   #2
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Assuming the temperature didn't drop to make the yeast go dormant, sounds like the yeast might have run out of sugar to convert.

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Old 12-13-2005, 07:17 PM   #3
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Temperature definetly didnt drop, i have got a heater. I didnt put any extra suger in, just yeast nutrient.

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Old 12-13-2005, 11:45 PM   #4
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Have you checked the SG? I may be done.

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Old 12-14-2005, 03:12 AM   #5
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I get the impression that with ale the yeast is adapting as it goes. It processes the easy sugars first and then tackles the tougher ones. In cider, it's all the same simple sugars. They do seem to stop rather abruptly.

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Old 12-14-2005, 07:46 PM   #6
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I have made a cider with 5 gals pure apple juice, 20 oz maple syrup, and 1 lb brown sugar, I left it in the primary for 1 week, then secondary for going on 2 weeks and it is still bubbling @ 1 bubble every 8-10 seconds, Hopefully it stops soon so I can bottle it and try it in a few weeks.

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Old 12-15-2005, 05:07 AM   #7
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I agree with ScottT, you should check the gravity.

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