Cider secondary fermenter head space?
Long time, but I'm back at it... Ok I did 2 1 gallon batches of cider this time. I know this isnt the cider thread but it should reach enough people with knowledge of secondary fermentations/racking. first off here are my recipe's with gravity readings.
-1 gallon cider (pasturized & preserved with .01% potassium sorbate) with 1/3 of the gallon cut with simply apple squeezed 100% apple juice/cider to reduce potassium sorbate content.
-1 pound 2 ounces of honey(clover)
-Lalvin EC1118 champagne yeast.
-1 tsp. yeast nutrient
-2 campden tablets to attempt to mess with potassium sorbate even more lol
1 gallon of simply apple pressed 100% apple juice
8 oz. brown sugar
8 oz. pure bee honey
2 oz. organic raisins
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 campden tablet
Lalvin EC1118 champagne yeast
1 tsp. yeast nutrient
Ok, let them both ferment for 7 days 12 hours. I wanted to do them both the same basically im going to perfect a cider eventually by trying 1 gal. batches first. I just racked these to secondarys but the problem is with all the fermentation ingredients etc. I lost alot of product. these 1 gallon jugs are now filled up maybe 3/4 of the way but def. way more than half.... right at or just below where the jug curves up at the top. My worries: spoilage by oxidation. Recipe #1 the pure clover honey recipe believe it or not, even with the sorbate is still sllllowwlly bubbling. So I'm a little less concerned about it. (It took a little longer to fire off but has been strong and steady after day 1). Recipe #2 took off within seriously like 10 min. of pitching... But has little or no bubbling going on (harder to catch the bubble with the non s type air lock on it (using the cylindrical one on this batch).
Should I be worried about spoilage? Should I add some no preserved cider to both? Also the 1/2 tsp cinnamon I added at primary to batch #2 is non tasteable. can I open it back up and throw another 1/2 tsp. in now? Let me know what you all think guys they both tasted pretty good in their own ways this morning & I dont wanna ruin them!
... While racking this morning in a zombie like state I forgot to grab another 2 gravity readings so I cant be sure that the one batch isnt totally fermented out. I just thought to myself meh, I'll get a reading before I bottle. Wooops
from the big boys brewery, to your frosted glass. No where does plastic come into play. Why would you brew with it? Use some class, brew with glass!
Reason: forgot an ingridient