Originally Posted by gargoyle55
I pressed apples from my apple tree on Sunday. Cleaned all my equipment, put 4 gallons into my bucket with 2.5 lbs of organic brown sugar (melted into 1 gallon of juice first) mixed well-- pitched yeast (liquid cider yeast) and nothing happening. Went back to the shop and they gave me another yeast, pitched it-- the juice seems to be foaming and is a little stinky-- but nothing happening in the airlock?? Any advice would be great
Side note-- I made two 1 gallon batches with fresh golden raspberries and blackberry honey on the same day and they are doing great....
If it's foaming, it's probably fermenting. Airlock activity isn't a reliable sign of fermentation. Maybe you've got a tiny leak and the co2 is escaping out somewhere else.
If you're still not sure if it's fermenting, take a hydrometer reading and see if it's changed.