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Old 12-29-2008, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Preservatives in my Cider???

I recently tried to make a cider without reading any recipes. We had some leftover ale yeast and an open bucket so we decided to try a cider.

the concoction was...

4 gallons pure apple juice (no preservatives)
.5 gallon kiwi/strawberry juice
.5 gallon pomegranate/cranberry juice
1lb brown sugar
munton's ale yeast

The two half gallons probably contained preservatives, but I'm not sure. It has been fermenting for about two weeks.

My question is - what will the preservatives do to my cider
? I opened the bucket and I'm seeing these white worm looking things that will kind of bounce up and down...

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Old 12-29-2008, 06:54 PM   #2
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It it had preservative you would not have had fermentation. It does however sound like you might have an infection. What did you use to sanitize?

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Well, I'm not sure if it has fermented because I didn't take a gravity reading, but there is definitely something going on. We actually just ran out of star-san before we could sanitize the siphon to get a reading.

So I gather if there were preservatives they would kill the yeast and nothing would happen. Or is it possible they leave nasty white silly string stuff behind?

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Preservatives would affect the yeast health negatively, but they will not form visible deposits.

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Preservatives would kill off the yeast but it wouldn't leave silly string stuff. If you can post a picture we might be able to get an idea.

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I'll probably be able to post a pic tomorrow. thanks for the help and quick replies

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