how long with out bubbles is to long?
hello all at home brew talk
first, i know this is probably not ware i should post this, and i am happy to re post it appropriately if directed ware.
alright. so. i have done 2 batches of ****ty wine, in pop bottles with balloons on top. i thought i might upgrade, spend a little money, and try to get a better result.
i purchased a 5 gallon plastic water jug, air lock, red star champaign yeast, Camden tablets, star san acid based sterilizer, bentonte, and DAP.
i decided on attempting a ginger beer recipe.
i sanitized and did all that jazz.
filled my carboy with water, added the ginger and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice, and 7lbs of sugar
and topped the rest up with water.
added the crushed Camden tablets
waited 48 hours
got a cup of warm tap water, added my DAP and yeast.
no movement at all. dead still. a week later i re pitched new yeast.
i had lost all hope, and just hadn't poured it all out because of just putting it off.
but lo and behold.
21 days after my initial pitch, i have just seen the first bubbles.
1 im happy that it is working,
2 there is now a dark ish red layer at the top, and the liquid is much cloudier
is this normal?
is it ruined?
any help would be greatly appreciated