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Old 11-14-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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I just started making hard cider on the 11/5 1gal batch using musselman juice
red sterr cote des blancs yeast. hydometer 1.050 I let set for a week and the airlock seem to stop bubbling, I rack the cider on 11/10 and let it sit untill today 11/14. I checked with the hydrometer with 1.000 reading. smells yeasty and tastes vinegary. Is my cider lost?


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Old 11-14-2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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Vinegar normally has a strong smell, if you can't smell vinegar it might be ok. if you can smell vinegar then it is too late.


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Old 11-14-2011, 07:56 PM   #3
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From what I've heard it would take a lot longer than that to turn to vinegar, are you sure your not smelling something else, like sulphur dioxide?
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my wife says it smells yeasty to her but taste vinegary.
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Vinegar comes from bacterial contamination. If you sanitized your equipment thoroughly, contamination is unlikely unless you left quite a bit of headspace when you racked or had a few fruitflies (which carry acetero bacter).

I'd top up the cider, and wait it out. "Sour" may just be young cider, but "vinegar" won't improve.


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