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Old 03-06-2008, 11:04 PM   #1
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Default Trouble with fermentation?

I put my first batch of cider in primary on 2/26. The recipe was as follows:

2.5 gallons apple juice
1# light brown sugar
4 oz. lactose
1 packet Nottingham ale yeast

It started fermenting right away and was going steadily for several days before it began to trickle to about 1 bubble every 20-30 seconds. Now I have no activity in my air lock. Should I be concerned? I'm using an ale bucket for my fermenter and the temp was consistently around 68 and 70.

Any suggestions?


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Sounds fine. Leave it alone for a few weeks before racking. Cider can take a while to melow out, so plan on leaving it in the secondary for months.

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Old 03-07-2008, 05:26 AM   #3
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Default Don't worry!!

If you used an ale yeast its probably don fermenting, or at least close ot it. I'd put into a secondary and let it sit for a few weeks.

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I'd check the gravity, but it's probably done fermenting.


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