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Old 03-21-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
Mar 2011
Swansea, wales
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Hey. I have always wanted to start brewing my own cider and wine so I have started.
I sterilized everything with Milton (the stuff for cleaning baby bottles) then I added apple juice (not from concentrated), cider yeast (1.5gramish) and a teaspoon of cane sugar and a teaspoon of yeast nutrient to the demijohn. There should be a pic below of the stuff i used. The temperature of the room in 16.5 degrees .

I started 36 hours ago and I was expecting rapid co2 to be evolved from the air lock but not much air has been displaced and there is a layer of white foam on top. there pics below.
Is everything okay?
Should I add some Milton then wait 24 hours then add more yeast?
Is the fermentation process too slow and should I add more cider yeast?

Sorry for all the questions this is my first batch.
pics of ingredients
white stuff from side view
white stuff from top view.

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Old 03-21-2011, 12:46 PM   #2
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Everything looks just fine. Step away from the carboy and let the yeast do their thing.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:51 PM   #3
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SOUTH WALES! everything is in order. go down the mumbles and have an ice cream

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Old 03-22-2011, 02:59 PM   #4
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My first two batches were in a plastic bucket but my third was in a glass carboy. I can see the advantage of NOT seeing your cider work. A lot happens and its visually worrisome but its all supposed to happen.

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Old 03-22-2011, 10:49 PM   #5

It looks fine, just a little foam on top of the cider as the yeast does its work. I'm not sure what Milton is - is it a cleaner or sanitizer or ?

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