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Old 12-17-2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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Hi all! This is my first post here. I've been brewing ales for several months and I decided to give ciders making a go. I went to my local homebrew store and they suggested safale us-05. I bought two gallons of Whitehouse Apple Cider. I add 1/4 brown sugar to 1 gallon carboy and 1/2 apple juice concentrate to the another with the cider. I pitched about 1/4 of the pack of yeast into each of my 1 gallon carboys and after 5 days I am getting zero signs of fermentation. I didn't add any yeast nutrients. Should I have? I'm a little confused to what my next step should be. Should I not have used apple cider and just gone with regular apple juice? Help...

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Old 12-17-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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Hi all! This is my first post here. I've been brewing ales for several months and I decided to give ciders making a go. I went to my local homebrew store and they suggested safale us-05. I bought two gallons of Whitehouse Apple Cider. I add 1/4 brown sugar to 1 gallon carboy and 1/2 apple juice concentrate to the another with the cider. I pitched about 1/4 of the pack of yeast into each of my 1 gallon carboys and after 5 days I am getting zero signs of fermentation. I didn't add any yeast nutrients. Should I have? I'm a little confused to what my next step should be. Should I not have used apple cider and just gone with regular apple juice? Help...
Look at the package of the cider, to ensure there is not sodium benzoate or potassium sorbate (preservatives). If there aren't any preservatives, it'll go! 1/4 package isn't much, but it should be enough to get it going.
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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I double checked on the apple packaging and on their website and I saw nothing about any preservatives at all. I thought of that at first but I can't find any thing....

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How many days has it been? I did a cider with 05 recently and it took a couple days for it to get going. Same with a sweetpotato mead I made. We talk about a 72 hour lag time with yeasts anyway, and with higher grav stuff it sometimes takes a bit longer anyway.

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it's been about 5 days and i'm getting zero signs of fermenation. only thing that has changed is a thin film on the bottom of each carboy.

btw this is the Apple Cider i used.

White House Foods - 128oz White House Apple Cider

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Its been 5 days...

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Can you take a grav reading? I would check grav and add more of that packet of yeast to it.

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That's a good idea. Should I add some yeast nutrients today?

Fyi, this is the juice I used.

http://www.whitehousefoods.com/Products/Apple-Juice/128oz-White-House-Apple-Cider.aspx

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Yeah it wouldn't hurt at all.

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Thank you! I'll check the gravity and take it from there.

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