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Old 05-16-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Im a first timer and im a bit worried
Can someone tell me if my Cider is contaminated?

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Old 05-16-2013, 02:21 PM   #2
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looks like plain old Krausen to me. If you're worried about it, you can shake it so the liquid reincorporates it in. Is that a starter? Looks like its in a soda bottle?

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Old 05-16-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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Yeah i just went with the soda bottle and a balloon technique

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Old 05-16-2013, 02:28 PM   #4
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And what is Krausen?
And what are some must have equipment is should get?

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Old 05-16-2013, 05:32 PM   #5
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And what is Krausen?
And what are some must have equipment is should get?
Krausen is basicly foam from the yeast doing its thing. What kind of yeast did you use? what all is in the recipe?
One way to see if its infected is to smell it. If it smells like vinegar or vomit or sour dough then its probably infected. if it smells like wine, beer, or liquor then it should be fine. If it smells like bread then its probably fine but will tast yeasty.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:11 PM   #6
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The recipe is basicaly just Apple juice, Sugar and Bread Yeast.

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Old 05-17-2013, 07:17 PM   #7
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The recipe is basicaly just Apple juice, Sugar and Bread Yeast.
Its probably going to taste sour using bread yeast like sour dough apple bread but from your picture it looks ok. Next time get a champaign yeast or brewers yeast Lavlin EC-1118 is only $0.94 on midwestbrew's sight
Bread yeast makes things taste to yeasty in my opinion.

Also you can get a gallon jug, stopper, and airlock for under $20.00 on that site and that will help keep infection down a lot.
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:53 PM   #8
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Nottingham yeast is only $5 from

Amazon or eBay. Still a bargain.

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Old 05-19-2013, 10:34 PM   #9
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i also work with bottles. i would fill them more to the top. this would leave less space for oxigen, but the drawback is the foam and if you are going to give more sugar into it, it will be a mess.
and yes, bread yeast is not that nice. tried it couple of times but the taste was not nice. wine yeast is inexpensive and i like its taste, i also like to drink the federweisser because of the taste and of the the minerals and vitamines containing in the yeasts.

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