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Old 01-07-2009, 08:10 PM   #21
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how long did your guys take to start fermenting? Im at like the 18th hour and there is slight expansion through the airlock but im getting worried. I used apple juice and maybe 1.5lbs brown sugar
My S-04 took about three days or four before I saw the first bubbles. I have a cool cellar (~60 F). Some of my yeasts start in 24 hours, but with cider, and the temps I have it at, I usually find about 2-4 days lag. Wild yeast fermentation took over a week to get off the ground.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:24 AM   #22
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Yeah mine has now started, I regret adding sugar though since its going to take longer

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Old 01-08-2009, 01:25 AM   #23
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This stuff is a big hit. 3 friends over tonight and they loved it. Chilled and carb'd takes the edge off of the tartness. I'm going to try the weihenstephan yeast next and I think either that or this will be my house cider.

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Old 01-08-2009, 03:20 AM   #24
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This stuff is great! You can just drink it like beer instead of fearing it like apfelwein.

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Old 01-15-2009, 02:55 AM   #25
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1/9/09
3 gallons apple juice
12 ounce tree top concentrate
11.5 grams S-04
3 teaspoons yeast nutrient
1.5 teaspoon Yeast energizer
Started fermenting in 6 hours
OG 1.054
Temp 64-68F.

Took a reading yesterday because my daughter was upset the bubbles were stopping. (she is helping this time, for the first time) The SG was 1.010 so we have a while to go. Which I figured. Took a taste and for the first time I tasted apple. Not just a hint of flavor but lots of apple flavor. It has to be the yeast. I have done the same recipe with EC-1118 or K1V-1116 both were just a hint of apple or no apple at all.

I was really surprised at the flavor difference. If it is this good or better when its done and bottled I'm sticking to S-04.

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Old 01-15-2009, 03:20 AM   #26
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I find that when the SO4 gets down to .998 you will lose some of the apple flavor. I've been cold crashing @ 1.005,leaving in the fridge and just drawing it outof the carboy. Its just like the oldtime farm cider

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Old 01-15-2009, 03:27 AM   #27
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Looks great...but I don't recommend donning your hard cider glasses the next time you need to read the instrument panel.

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