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Old 07-12-2014, 01:28 AM   #1091
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what is the best way to take a sample? I just don't want to dip something in there do I.
i, and i think a lot of others, use a wine thief for this purpose. it's a little gadget designed for exactly this purpose. a sanitized turkey baster also works. a simple mug properly sanitized can work as well.

don't return the sample, it goes to the gods.
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:46 AM   #1092
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:01 PM   #1093
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plus the wife won't let me start a second one until the first one is being consumed.
Franzenel,
You need to educate SWMBO on the timing of beer,and the absolute need to keep the pipeline working, this means you start the next batch fermenting once you have available containers, like right after you bottle the first batch (or rack it to a secondary, depending on your process plan)
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:24 AM   #1094
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I did start a batch of Apfelwein for her so now she has something to look forward too. She likes beer but has gotten a gluten sensitivity and really can't drink it anymore. She loves wine and hard cider so I thought I would get a batch of Apfelwein going and maybe carbonate half of it. But she already told me that I will need to back sweeten it as she is not a dry wine kind of gal.

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Old 07-18-2014, 11:38 AM   #1095
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I did start a batch of Apfelwein for her so now she has something to look forward too. She likes beer but has gotten a gluten sensitivity and really can't drink it anymore. She loves wine and hard cider so I thought I would get a batch of Apfelwein going and maybe carbonate half of it. But she already told me that I will need to back sweeten it as she is not a dry wine kind of gal.
Franzenel: I do the exact same thing for the same reason. My wife developed a nasty gluten intolerance after our daughter was born. I did a lot of research on ciders because they are gluten free and she likes them. She loved beer before so ciders were a natural progression.

I've noticed that without yeast nutrient, ciders take forever to ferment. I usually start a new batch for her as soon as I keg the last one.

If you want it sweeter, try some sucralose. I bought our local Dominicks out before it closed. I have a good 30 bottles of it just for this reason when I bottle her cider.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:22 PM   #1096
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what about lactose for sweetener? and is there a thread that talk about how much to use?

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Old 07-29-2014, 01:14 AM   #1097
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I know it takes up to 72hr, but, now that it's been 24hr and my beer looks flatter than a tweaker's butt, I'm questioning when I pitched the yeast. I brewed a Belgium witbier extract kit from NB, but I didn't know about smacking my pack days in advance of brewing, so I smacked it and it did swell, just not that much. I pitched it about 5 hours after smacking the pack. It was a yellowy liquid. How much swell should I have before the yeast is good. Am I over reacting? 3rd brew.

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I know it takes up to 72hr, but, now that it's been 24hr and my beer looks flatter than a tweaker's butt, I'm questioning when I pitched the yeast. I brewed a Belgium witbier extract kit from NB, but I didn't know about smacking my pack days in advance of brewing, so I smacked it and it did swell, just not that much. I pitched it about 5 hours after smacking the pack. It was a yellowy liquid. How much swell should I have before the yeast is good. Am I over reacting? 3rd brew.

As long as it was viable yeast and not excessively long past it's prime you just need to give it time to do its thing. I'd be willing to bet tomorrow or the next day you find a thick krausen on top and your yeast happily chugging away. If you are concerned with the lag in yeastly activity you could make a starter to ensure your yeast are viable and active which will reduce your lag time waiting for signs. Of fermentation.


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Old 07-29-2014, 02:05 AM   #1099
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Thanks G Swill. I assume since the pack did inflate some, it's working, just slowly.

Here's the juice

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Looks like a huge pitcher of sun tea

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Old 07-30-2014, 04:24 AM   #1100
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Default Fermentation can take 24 to 72 hrs to show visible signs.

...and lesson learned. Fermentation can take up to 72 hours to show.
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48 hrs later (one on the left).

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