Spike Brewing Giveaway - New v3 Kettle

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > No Airlock Activity after 3 Weeks - Pitch More Yeast?
Thread Tools
Old 10-11-2012, 05:09 PM   #11
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 1,553
Liked 91 Times on 79 Posts
Likes Given: 109


Originally Posted by LeBreton View Post
People love to hate on airlock watching, but in this case it's actually working as an indicator. It's indicating that the OP's primary fermentation is done or almost done. Since you plans to use a secondary anyways then go ahead and rack it over now.

The next steps are correct, but the campden will not stop the yeast from eating any sugars you add as backsweeteners. For instructions on how to have a sweet, sparkling cider I suggest you read through the pasteurization sticky at the top of the cider section.
So what you're saying is that the airlock is indicating the fermentation either is or is not complete? I wish I had a job with that sort of success rate.


Kegged Two Hearted, Dragonmead Final Absolution
Bottled Robust porter, Founder's Breakfast Stout, Ommegawd Hellepin, Ed Wort's Apfelwein
RIP Snake Dog IPA, Biermuncher's OktoberFAST, Falconer's Flight IPA, Two-Hearted clone (Culturing Bell's Yeast), Noberon wheat, Skeeter Pee using dry yeast, Smooth Oatmeal Stout

Simple and easy wort aeration - Harvest yeast from your blowoff - Homebrew Spicy Mustard
pabloj13 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 06:16 PM   #12
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Finger Lakes, NY
Posts: 1,128
Liked 97 Times on 85 Posts
Likes Given: 3



Since the OP reported the bubbles slowing significantly AND it's been 3 weeks it's a pretty sure bet that things are wrapping up in there. Just airlock or just time would be insufficient to make such a call.
In all the states no door stands wider,
To ask you in to drink hard cider
LeBreton is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 07:01 PM   #13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Springfield, MO
Posts: 43
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 3


These tips have been extremely valuable and greatly appreciated! The day I started the batch I also found out my wife was pregnant. I thought it'd be rather "neat" to have a nice bottle around to commemorate. I'd rather do that with good cider than bad

I'll be looking into the benefits of secondary fermentation to see if that's the route I want to take -or- if I should just begin the pasturizing / bottling process now.

Thanks again!
BrownBottle is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Airlock activity after 2 weeks disney7 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 04-22-2012 09:21 PM
Activity in airlock after two weeks katrinat Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 11-30-2011 11:44 PM
airlock activity after 2 weeks? JasonToews General Beer Discussion 1 11-23-2010 04:00 AM
Airlock activity after 2 weeks homebrewjapan Extract Brewing 4 04-12-2009 02:13 AM
Airlock Activity at Two Weeks? Pelikan General Beer Discussion 4 03-27-2009 02:16 PM

Forum Jump