So this is my 3rd go around on cider so I wanted to get a little experimental with my methods. I decided to ferment a combination of locally grown Gala, Empire, and Cortland with wlp 099 (Super High Gravity) yeast and a homemade syrup comprised of brown sugar and cinnamon.
I started of with a blow-off tube (since my last batch got a little volatile) but after 24 hours i saw NO activity. It may have been too early to call, but I felt there was something wrong with this.
So I decided to look through my carboy and after moving it around a bit, I noticed a large amount of the syrup did not dissolve and just laid on the bottom of the jug like a slimy black loogie.
Was the syrup a bad idea? Could the yeast have been overwhelmed or stunted? From what I've learned from the boards, it seems like I should have waited for racking to add cinnamon, but I don't understand why.