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Old 10-04-2006, 07:56 PM   #1
Aug 2006
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Well my cider has been it primary for almost 24 hours and nothing is going on. the water in my airlock is pushed to one side but isn't bubling.
I used
5 gallons 100% apple jucie
2 lb. Brown sugar
Nottingham yeast

my temp is ~70
the only thing i could think i did was shocked the yeast when i put it in water

any ideas

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Old 10-04-2006, 08:07 PM   #2
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Make a starter next time before you brew then you'll know the yeast is good.

If the float is floating then something's happening. Give it more time.
HB Bill

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Old 10-04-2006, 08:43 PM   #3
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Assuming the yeast wasn't out of date and the apple juice didn't contain preservatives I'd give it more time. after 36 hours just give the cider a good stir with a sterilized spoon, put the airlock back on and wait. Still no action after 48 hours? My first reaction would be to pitch more yeast - a dried sachet straight in.

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Old 10-06-2006, 04:58 PM   #4
Jun 2005
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I just did 4 batches, a pair of 5 gallon and a pair of 4 gallon carboys at once.

3 different yeasts, including 2 seperate wine yeasts and a ale yeast. Not one was bubbling at 24hrs in various 60 to 70 F Temperatures.

Somewhere between 36 and 42hrs was the sweet spot. all were going w/ various yeasts at that point.

All were dry yeasts and I didnt use a starter. Just rehydrated the yeast.
Hope that helps.

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