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Old 11-28-2006, 12:34 AM   #1
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First time cider maker here, and i have my first problem. My airlock has sadly died, only 48 hours after it has started, is this normal, or do i have a problem? Now i did only a 3 gallon batch and used dry ale yeast to ferment. So my question is, is this normal? Any info would be a great help, i think im gonna leave it in the fermenter for at least a week.


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Old 11-28-2006, 02:40 AM   #2
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It's possible that it could be done, but yes, leave it in the fermenter at least another week.



 
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:44 AM   #3
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48 hours isn't unusual for cider that hasn't been loaded up with sugar. Cider is almost all simple sugars and the yeast can just rip through it. Plus using a dried yeast in 3 gallons, you had a higher cell count to start with.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:10 PM   #4
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It's possible that it could be done, but yes, leave it in the fermenter at least another week.
do you think it would be best to do a 2 4 6 method, kinda like the 1 2 3 metod in brewing beer?
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:23 AM   #5
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do you think it would be best to do a 2 4 6 method, kinda like the 1 2 3 metod in brewing beer?
2 weeks in primary certainly won't hurt your cider. 4 Weeks for secondary is okay (I tend to do more) but then give it at least 6 months for aging in bottles for better results. Cider needs much more time than beer.

 
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:29 PM   #6
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well heres the deal, sadly my lid has a small crack, so thats why there is no airlock activity i believe, but it is still fermenting so thats a good sign. Hope it is not contaminated!!!!
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:43 PM   #7
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:46 PM   #8
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have no hydrometer... thing broke during my move...
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:48 PM   #9
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I'd leave it be if it's bubbling and go beg steal borrow or buy a hydro.


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