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Old 12-28-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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Out of recommendation from my LHBS employee I used Lavlin's D-47 (wine) yeast for my cider. I pitched yesterday morning after adding yeast nutrient and brought the fermentor upstairs at around 66 F (yeast range is 59F to 68F).
How vigorous should I expect a wine yeast to ferment during its initial stages? I've usually seen the airlock display at least a bubble at this point when using beer yeast. Should I run out and get another back to pitch?

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It can take as long as 72 hrs to see signs of fermentation, I'd wait at least that long.
If you really feel the need, you might give it a good stir with a sanitized spoon of course, yeast need O2 at this stage.
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I gave the wort/must a good stirring before I pitched the yeast and added the recommended 1 tsp of nutrients/gallon prior to pitching; I also hydrated the yeast in must prior to pitching. I suppose my concern is that either the yeast is bad or that there was still some campden tablet left in the solution, but I waited the recommended 24-hours.
This is the first time I am using wine yeast and making cider so I wanted to pick the brains of this forum.

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I gave the wort/must a good stirring before I pitched the yeast and added the recommended 1 tsp of nutrients/gallon prior to pitching; I also hydrated the yeast in must prior to pitching. I suppose my concern is that either the yeast is bad or that there was still some campden tablet left in the solution, but I waited the recommended 24-hours.
This is the first time I am using wine yeast and making cider so I wanted to pick the brains of this forum.
Wine yeast are usually pretty slow and steady. Just stir it up again with a sanitized spoon and wait it out. When you stir, you may notice some bubbles being released- that's usually the first sign that fermentation has begun.
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Well, we have airlock activity.
Thanks for the help and reassurance.

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