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Old 09-14-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, this is my first post but have followed the forum for a while. I had made a few batches of cider before and everything went well. Except for this time. I started with 5 gallons fresh cider, uv treated, and unfiltered. Added three pounds honey 3 pounds corn sugar and white labs champagne yeast. Things started out normal with bubbling in the airlock, about three weeks in it stopped. I picked up a hydrometer because I didn't think it had finished yet. I was right it had stalled at 1.02. This is where things started to go wrong. Went back to my local brew store to get more yeast and they were out an not getting more. So I picked up some white labs high graviety yeast and nutrients. I repinched the yeast added cider and the one nutrient pill. The next day it was bubbling and looked like it started up again. Fastforward two weeks and I am about ready to ditch the whole batch. I can home from being away and it looks like so crazy fugus thing floating on top. I have never used high graviety yeast but doubt this is normal. Going to guess some that somehow I introduced bacteria at some point and it took off like crazy. Has any one been down this road or have suggestion for the next batch. Thanks

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Old 09-14-2012, 01:25 AM   #2
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Post some pics and we can help answer your questions.

If it is an infection, don't panic! Rack out from underneath the growth to a new carboy and leave no headspace, add sulfites, bottle soon and pasteurize. Assuming the fermentation is done of course. What yeast did you originally use to ferment? That much honey and sugar may have boosted the ABV above normal cider levels.

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Old 09-14-2012, 01:39 AM   #3
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Here you go

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Old 09-14-2012, 01:41 AM   #4
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Do you mean Trappist high gravity? If so, that's pretty normal. Not infected.

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Old 09-14-2012, 02:08 AM   #5
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No it was white labs WLP099 super high Gravity yeast. I realize this was probably not my best choice.

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Nothing to worry about, this is not an infection. Cider infections most often appear as a film on the surface. What you are seeing is coagulated pectin from the fresh juice. For similar images google 'keeving' for similar examples. Not sure why they would suddenly appear now and not earlier.

If they bug you just rack out to a new fermenter.

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That's going to be some brutal cider, at around 13% ABV..

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Thanks guys. And I was about ready to throw it out.

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That's going to be some brutal cider, at around 13% ABV..
DAMN! And I wanted to call my cider "suicider", that batch you have is much more deserving.
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I repinched the yeast
probably made it angry. one pinch is enough. think wasps
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