Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > mold? am i just crazy?
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-21-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 7
Default mold? am i just crazy?

hey guys and gals!

for my first cider experiment I wanted to go super minimal, here's the scoop:

I took (1) 32oz bottle of organic unfiltered apple cider and added a quartered organic apple that I let brown on the counter for a few hours and a handful of raisins. I then put a balloon on the top for an air-lock. The way I figure it the wild yeast should ferment the cider and the balloon should simply inflate with the co2 that is off-gassed by the process. when the balloon stops inflating and begins to deflate the fermentation process should be complete.

Am I wrong?

Now, I have had this in my pantry for about a week or so and everything seems to be going fine (balloon is starting to inflate) when low-and-behold this morning I see blue/green mold forming on the apples that are floating on the top. Is this cider experiment shot? It was my understanding that mold could not grow in the absence of oxygen. Should I pull out the apples pour off the mold and top-off the bottle with water? Maybe add some sugar?

What say you?

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-22-2013, 01:59 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Tallahassee, Fl
Posts: 72
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 25


I've heard wild yeast is a gamble. You could try to save it, but the mold might just come back. If you want to go with wild yeast again, don't bother adding an apple. I'd say buy some wine or ale yeast, it will start to ferment faster and overpower wild nasties.

caseymac91 is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What kind of mold is this? (is it mold?) lolamigas Kombucha & Fermented Tea Forum 3 08-21-2013 12:19 AM
Happy Wife Makes You Do Crazy ShT Day. (Crazy Tradtions) fifelee General Chit Chat 10 11-28-2008 04:26 AM
Mold?!? (Yes another mold thread) OblivionsGate Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 06-22-2008 07:29 AM
Is it.................Mold? Sea Equipment/Sanitation 0 10-21-2007 02:14 AM
OMG, I found this crazy mold on my wort, with pictures!! Mike-H General Techniques 23 12-21-2006 06:27 AM

Newest Threads