Hi guys... Freezeblade got me thinking... I have not yet finished my first brew and I didn't even ask about bottling yet after I wrote my first thread on this forum about help with cider... I also forgot to mention I DID use a hint of pineapple juice in this first attempt at home brewing... I used 12fl. Oz. to my 5 gal or apple juice...
Is this bad? It's day 3 and I do see bubbles.. About one a sec..
At the risk of being redundant & since this has been an active thread I will tell you guys the story...
I have never brewed anything before in the past but my dad has a few winemaking kits at his business. He is not really knowledgeable on this subject so I need to seek more advice...
I wanted to do some cider for Christmas, and I found a few YouTube videos on homebrewing apple cider the easy way...
This is what I have done so far and the equipment I am using: I have a 5 gallon water jug that is plastic (like the kind you put on top of the water cooler)... I have an airlock, Lalvin yeast from the Champagne region, I'm not quite sure if it's champagne yeasts? I added 4 gallons of pasteurize no preservative apple juice to that jug, I took the fifth gallon and warmed it (not warm, just Luke warm, enough to dissolve the brown sugar) on the stove... I added 1 cup of brown sugar for every gallon of apple juice (5cups total) and the recipe for the holiday cider said add cinnamon and nutmeg so I added 7 teaspoons of cinnamon and 3 teaspoons of nutmeg.. I made sure I cleaned everything really well with bleach and water (one Cap of bleach to 1 gallon of water)... I put my bung and airlock in, added hot water to the lock and took it to the garage... It has been there for 2 days but it's only 40° or so at night and I'm told that's too cold so I've brought into the house... I got "suck back" because I picked up the plastic jug and it moves or flexes and the level dropped so now I've added vodka to my airlock (better for suck back right?)... The thing that makes me nervous is I hear fruit flies or bugs are attracted to the smell of alcohol... I'm also worried that I did not sanitize everything perfect, when I added the brown sugar, nutmag and cinnamon I forgot to sanitize the spoons that I stirred with... They were washed with hot water and dishwashing soap a few days before and put in the drawer but I don't know if that did it? I'm just kind of nervous. Since I brought the jug in the house I'm starting to see some bubbling now but I had to move it a few times and each time I get suck back and keep having to add vodka to the airlock...lol... (2 or 3 times)
Someone said it's pretty hard to screw up but a few other guys are scaring me about bacteria and fruit flies...
Anything anybody can add or tell me would really really help me out a lot!
Also when do you guys think this will be done? I heard fermentation should only take three weeks?
Reason: Clean up