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Old 06-30-2007, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default I think my cider is ruined... advice?

So, I have discussed my current batch on here, every seemed to think I was on the right track.

About 3 weeks ago, I racked. Now, I was in a hurry, but I cleaned everything before hand. I thought.

Tuesday I went to the basement to switch laundry, and wandered over to the bench to take a look at the cider. I see what looks like small white spots on it, and more worringly, what appears to be a film growing on top of the cider.

"Maybe", I said to myself, "It's just dust. Yeah. Some dust or something."

Yesterday I checked again, and the film appears to be bigger.

I think I rushed through sterilizing the carboy, and screwed myself.

A friend says I should just rack off, taking care to not get the funky stuff on top. I don't know about that, so I figured I'd come see what you fine folks thought.


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Old 06-30-2007, 02:29 AM   #2
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sounds like mold. I'd crush a campden tablet and dissolve in some water and rack the cider into it in a new carboy or jug. I'd keep the tip of the siphon under the mold and leave any questionable parts behind. It should be ok if you get to it soon.


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Alright, I did as suggested, and so far all seems well...

Since I had originally started this in February, I believe that fermentation is done. Will it continue to age after being trated the Campden tablets?

I tasted it while racking, and it tasted fine, though with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

So I let it sit until around October and bottle? That was my original timeframe.

(I want the jug cleared out by the time the local orchard starts selling...)
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When I made a batch of EdWort's Apfelwein, there were small white patches on the surface which under dim light looked like mold. After closer inspection it turns out there were just bubbles.
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Alright, I did as suggested, and so far all seems well...

Since I had originally started this in February, I believe that fermentation is done. Will it continue to age after being trated the Campden tablets?

So I let it sit until around October and bottle? That was my original timeframe.
That's what I would do. I use campden tablets every other racking on wines that I'm planning on aging a bit. It actually helps the aging process in a way, as it helps prevent oxidation and wild yeasts from taking old. If you get some sediment, you can rack off of it. I usually rack about every 45 days on wines that need it. Otherwise, bulk aging is what you are doing, and that's fine!


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