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Old 10-16-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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So, we pressed these two batches the same night. We used the same apples, the same yeast etc. all at the same time. One has obviously commenced primary fermentation while the other looks a bit like a potion.
I'm worried that this might be some sort of bacterial reaction. Has anyone had a similar problem? Is this batch done for? If not, can it be saved?

Thanks everyone.

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Old 10-17-2012, 01:18 AM   #2
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Looks like a surface yeast infection to me. Bad, but not unsalvageable I suggest you add ~50ppm of sulfites and rack out from underneath, leaving the film behind. If left unchecked for too long, it will start to develop off flavors in the cider.

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Old 10-17-2012, 01:40 AM   #3
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Thank you LeBreton- you always come to my rescue!
So, I'll rack it off into a clean carboy and then add the sulphites? Any idea what may have caused this? Sterilization laziness?

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Probably a case of bad luck and too much headspace. Air carries all kinds of microbes of which any number may cause a surface yeast. Luckily it's early on and a clean ferment should remove most traces of infection flavor.

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Old 10-19-2012, 02:09 PM   #5
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So it looks more like krauzen than odd white bubbles now, which, I believe is a good thing (knock on wood).
Shall i repitch some yeast? Wouldn;t the sulphites have killed the original yeast?

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Well that's good news! No need to re-pitch though, sulfites have a negligible effect on commercial yeast strains.

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