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seanomac 10-21-2009 07:59 PM

Slow to ferment
My cider has been in the primary for about 8 days. The OG was 1.071. I decided to check yesterday to see how it was coming along. I am now measuring about 1.050 - 1.052.

It has been fairly cool. The stick on thermometer is reading 60-61, but that may drop a bit at night. There was a bunch of foam and junk on top a few days after I pitched the yeast, but yesterday there were just a few bubbles on the surface. Any reason to panic? Should I just give it a couple more weeks? I don't see a ton of activity in the air lock, but it's still filling with gas. If I tap the top of the bucket lightly I will get a few bubbles. I'm hoping it's just a case of slow fermentation due to the temperature.

vespa2t 10-21-2009 08:29 PM

Just give it some time. This is typ for fermenation at that temp, which is a great temp for cider

Kauai_Kahuna 10-22-2009 11:32 AM

+1, if you got the time, I'm sure the yeast will make some great cider for you. I would just set it and forget, but check the airlock every month or so to keep it from drying out.
Otherwise you could move it some place warmer if you don't mind the rhino farts.

JesseRC 10-22-2009 11:58 AM

I usually won't even check a cider until it has cleared completely. It's gonna be about a month.

seanomac 11-15-2009 05:00 AM

OK. So my cider has been sitting in the primary for about 6 weeks. I checked it today and it is down to 1.020 from 1.071. Any idea why this is taking so long to ferment? It was getting cool in here for a while (maybe mid 50's), but now we have the heat on and it's been averaging 68-70F. Could it have crashed somehow? Is there any way to speed things up? I'd like to rack it into the secondary and possibly drink some by Thanksgiving. At this rate, I don't think I'll have any by Christmas.

upnoath 11-15-2009 12:04 PM

I wouldn't expect it to be ready by Thanksgiving. After fermentation you are still going to want to give it some time (possibly in the fridge), to mellow out and condition.

vespa2t 11-16-2009 04:00 PM

you couldnt have cold crashed it with ambients of 50's. Its just a slow fermentation. Sometimes they are like that. I have learned to not worry about it, just give it time. I actually prefer a slower fermentation as the flavors tend to be more mellow and requires less conditioning time.

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