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Old 04-10-2009, 01:19 AM   #1
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Hey All,

Brewed up 5 gallons of pink lemonade according to the directions on the mix-jug, added about 3 pounds of table sugar, boiled the whole mess and dumped it in the carboy with some Safale S-05 I had started up.

When I got up this morning, no activity. After further searching, I find that Country Time has potassium sorbate in the mix. BUT! I find that my airlock bubbles every so often when I checked it this evening. Not what you'd call speedy fermentation, but something's up.

Should I let it go or dump the whole batch? LHBS goddess says I'm done for, time to mix up a new batch without the K2S04.

I have a starter at 1.040 with 2.5tsp yeast nutrient and a packet of Lalvin 71B-1122 sitting in a 1.5L vodka bottle, yet to see activity there either--but it's destined for a version of Yooper's Hard Lemonade, depending on how "free" my 6.5gal carboy is tomorrow.

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Old 04-10-2009, 01:27 AM   #2
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It sounds positively gross.
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:28 AM   #3
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It sounds positively gross.
What he said.
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:33 AM   #4
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unless your tyrying to free up a fermentor...what do you have to lose by letting it run its course?
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Old 04-10-2009, 02:23 AM   #5
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What he said.
Oh, sad panda. People seem to like regular hard lemonade. WTF's wrong with a hard pink lemonade?

SWMBO needs something to sip while I'm sucking down a brew of my own.

 
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Old 04-10-2009, 02:29 AM   #6
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It's not the color, it's the recipe. Fermenting a drink powder and sugar concoction just doesn't pass muster. Yooper's recipe is based on frozen concentrate, which contains real fruit juice.
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It's not the color, it's the recipe. Fermenting a drink powder and sugar concoction just doesn't pass muster. Yooper's recipe is based on frozen concentrate, which contains real fruit juice.
theoretically whats the difference...i know its not going to be as good but will he get alot of fusel alcohol from the mix because of all the sugars?
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:58 PM   #8
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Obligatory Simpsons...
"Where'd you get the lemons for that lemonade?!?!"
"I didn't steal them. It's not ever real lemonade. It's Country Time!"

It's almost the equivalent of fermenting sugar water.
I'd say dump it and never look back.
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:44 PM   #9
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:03 PM   #10
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Bah, I dumped it. No airlock activity after 24 hours. Brewed up a new batch of something respectable.

 
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