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Old 12-14-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
MechaMacster
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So, I'm a beginner, but this isn't my first batch. Everything I've brewed up until has foamed nicely and bubbled in my airlock like it's supposed to. I had some friends taste my cider and they loved it and asked if I'd share some, so started 4 gallons (all in 1 gallon containers) and followed the recipe the same way I had initially. I did 1 gallon first (all made from Whole Foods Apple Juice) on a Thursday and it started out nicely. I went ahead and did the next 3 gallons on the following Monday and none of them are foaming at all. They're bubbling a bit (not super fast, but not snail's pace either) but they're foamless. they've been sitting there like this for just shy of 2 weeks now. My recipe calls for halting the brew at 2 weeks, think they'll be ready? or should I do something else?

 
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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Having "foam" or not does not mean anything. My last batch of cider didn't create and krausen and it turned out fine.

 
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:25 PM   #3
MechaMacster
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good to hear. I was a little worried and since I'm still fairly new, I haven't sprung for a hydrometer yet. Although a friend said I should just wait and save for a refractometer instead.

 
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:03 PM   #4
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The batch of cider I'm fermenting at the moment didn't foam much at all. It has much to do with the temperature of the cider and the type of yeast. I was fermenting at 60 F with lalvin d47, and even though I had a good stream of bubbles, I didn't have much foam.

 
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