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Posted in thread: First batch of cider--too fast? (1.075 to 1.000 in 4 Days!!) on 10-11-2010 at 04:10 PM
Removing the strain of yeast from the equation, the key driver in fermentation speed is
temperature... I'm surprised nobody asked what your temps were.If your 450sq ft was, say, 75-80
degrees during f...
Posted in thread: Cider problem (I think) on 10-11-2010 at 03:58 PM
Have you added any yeast nutrient? Cider is nutrient deficient for yeasts... your microbes
might need a little help metabolizing the remaining sugars.
Posted in thread: First time cider making - a few questions on 09-27-2010 at 06:41 PM
How did you pitch the yeast? If dry, did you properly rehydrate it? Add any yeast nutrient? Did
you add Campden or anything else to the cider before you started?
Posted in thread: Extracting cider without a press/fermentation bucket/room temp? on 09-24-2010 at 01:49 AM
I press 70-80lbs of apples to fill a 5 gallon bucket.callmebruce, if you're headed out to
"apple country" anyhow, why not find an orchard that's pressing cider and just get some from
them? Most places...
Posted in thread: how to make up headspace when racking on 09-19-2010 at 01:17 AM
I racked ~5.5g from my plastic bucket primary to a 5g carboy. It was a good thing that I had
5.5g in the primary b/c the volume of cider I was able to rack off gave just enough headroom in
Posted in thread: How long before I have to dump my batch? on 09-10-2010 at 11:59 AM
So I whisked the heck out of it last night, today: lots of bubbles coming from the airlock
(huzzah!) but boy do they stink.Is this a residual effect of the Campden, or could the cider be
spoiled? How ...
Posted in thread: How long before I have to dump my batch? on 09-10-2010 at 03:05 AM
Thanks John for the input.I pressed this cider myself, from my own trees, so it can't be
preservative (aside from the Campden I added).So far I've pitched 4 Nottinghams (two to start,
and two 24-hours...
Posted in thread: How long before I have to dump my batch? on 09-08-2010 at 11:44 PM
Yeah, I wondered about that myself... but everything I've read online (plus a book I bought off
amazon.uk "Real Cider Making on a Small Scale") says 1 tablet per gallon.What rate of
sulphiting do you ...
Posted in thread: How long before I have to dump my batch? on 09-08-2010 at 07:08 PM
Thanks everyone for all the great ideas. I checked the lot #s on the packets I used - they
don't appear to be part of the bad batch. However, my gut says it's the Nottingham.I just
pitched the S04 (af...
Posted in thread: How long before I have to dump my batch? on 09-08-2010 at 02:28 PM
Can't find my hydrometer (new one is on order) so I haven't checked SG. I'm leaning toward the
Nottingham as the source of the issue.. I have some other dry yeast in the fridge: Windsor and