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Old 03-10-2012, 05:00 AM   #1
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Hello brewmasters.

Bought an apple ale kit from Midwest. Added a gallon of pure cider during primary fermentation(3 days after boil). Smells great, tastes pretty decent, but the gravity reading is showing a 1.036... It started at 1.048. I don't know what could have happened! Is it best just to throw it out and save the bottles?


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Old 03-10-2012, 05:03 AM   #2
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Also of note... there is very little krausen stuck to the fermenter compared to my red ale.


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Old 03-10-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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Hello brewmasters.

Bought an apple ale kit from Midwest. Added a gallon of pure cider during primary fermentation(3 days after boil). Smells great, tastes pretty decent, but the gravity reading is showing a 1.036... It started at 1.048. I don't know what could have happened! Is it best just to throw it out and save the bottles?
hmm, what was your gravity before adding the gallon of cider?

i'm sure it's fine! don't just up and toss it just yet.
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1.048 og
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:17 AM   #5
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How long has it been fermenting when you took got the 1.036 reading. What ever you do don't throw it out.
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It has been in ferm for two weeks. I went to bottle it last night but it gave me this reading so i put the lid back on and asked you guys! Safe and sound. Should I just bottle it today? The thing is, if it doesn't have alcohol in it i don't want it!
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I need the fermenter for my blood orange Hef that I want to brew today so I am just going to bottle it unless I hear otherwise in the next hour or so!
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It has been in ferm for two weeks. I went to bottle it last night but it gave me this reading so i put the lid back on and asked you guys! Safe and sound. Should I just bottle it today? The thing is, if it doesn't have alcohol in it i don't want it!
Did your kit recommend bottling in just 2 weeks?
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yeah I just pulled up the pdf http://www.midwestsupplies.com/media...structions.pdf

"A good rule of thumb is to allow 2 weeks for
fermentation and every thing will be fine."
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did the cider have preservatives?


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