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fman872 02-04-2013 02:59 PM

Stuck Fermentation SG 1.034!!!!
I have been reading these forums for some time and can almost always find the information I need has helped me so much in my brewing. This is something I could not find.

I made Midwest supply's apple ale. I have made this before with great results. This time however I could not get to the orchard that I normally go to for a gallon of fresh all natural cider. So I grabbed two half gallons at the local supermarket. It was in the refrigerated section and at the time I didn't think it had any chemicals in it. I added the cider after it warmed up two days after the boil when the airlock was bubbling. About two weeks later I checked SG and it was at 1.034 so I stirred it up and put the cover back on. Two weeks later I went to check it again and it was still at 1.034. I don't know why but I racked it to a BB. The next day I was going to the LHBS and decided to pick up a cider yeast and make a starter with brown sugar and pitch that to see if I could get it going again. Now it is still at 1.034. Also with the cold weather the temp when down to 65 but I have been able to keep it around 69-70 now.

So I think I might have used cider that had additives. Is this batch salvageable?

6lbs pilsen LME
1lb brown sugar
1lb honey malt
1 gal apple cider
Wyeast #3766 cider

12/26- brew day pitched yeast in 4 gal wort
12/28- added 1 gal of "suspect" cider
1/14- SG 1.034 stired and covered
1/29- SG 1.034 racked to secondary
1/30- made starter with brown sugar (SG1.040) and WLP755 yeast
1/31- Pitched yeast
2/4- SG 1.034 and don't know what to do.

Sorry for the long post but just wanted to put as much info out there.

unionrdr 02-04-2013 04:10 PM

I'd have checked the label on the cider to see if any preservatives were added. that can kill it. I used to buy local cider at the store that still had some silt in it to make wines with. But it didn't have any chemicals in it.

aiptasia 02-04-2013 04:15 PM

I'd agree, it probably does have preservatives in it. You have to be very careful about the type of cider you use.

fman872 02-04-2013 05:21 PM

It had the silt on the bottom and when I read the label I dint think it had anything bad in it, but I guess I was wrong.

So what should I do now?

TipsyDragon 02-04-2013 10:17 PM

Nothing you really can do. Sounds like the cider didn't ferment, probably because there was a preservative in it (what brand is it?). Even at the lower temps you should of gotten sone fermentation after all this time. Chock this up to a learning experience. Next time read the label.

fman872 02-05-2013 09:50 PM

Bummer this didn't work out. I had a few friends asking about this brew.

What if I just keg it and carb it? Is it worth a shot or should it just go down the drain? I haven't had to dump a batch yet and it might bring a tear to my eye to do so.

JonM 02-05-2013 09:56 PM

Keep it! Pour a half pint and top it off with a dryer homebrew, or some Guinness, or whatever. You might find some awesome combo.

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