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Old 02-05-2013, 05:25 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I tried my hand at cider for the first time. I used 3-64 of bottles of apple juice, 2 cups of light brown sugar, and Lalvin D47 wine yeast. OG was 1.072. After 3 weeks FG 1.003. I then use carbonation tablets and bottled. 2 weeks later I have no carbonation what so ever. Does anyone have any idea what I did wrong, please let me know.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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Is it stored at room temp or ~70?

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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Is it stored at room temp or ~70?
Yes is been in the closet under the stairs, and my house has been on average 68 degrees

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:11 PM   #4
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My cran apple cider took a month to carbonate

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:01 AM   #5
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My cran apple cider took a month to carbonate
Ok. I'll give it another 2 weeks and check it again. Thanks

 
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:30 AM   #6
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Ok. I'll give it another 2 weeks and check it again. Thanks
Scratching my head over still_still cider myself. How did the extra few weeks go?

 
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:28 AM   #7
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Maybe the bottles were not completely sealed?
I used champagne yeast for my cider and also filled one 12oz plastic soda bottle, after one week the plastic bottle is firm to the squeeze.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:53 AM   #8
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Maybe the bottles were not completely sealed?
I used champagne yeast for my cider and also filled one 12oz plastic soda bottle, after one week the plastic bottle is firm to the squeeze.
I use the soda bottle trick too, no activity there.

Google drove me to a review on Northern Brewer regarding the WLP775. One of the five or so reviews pointed out a slow carb time.

Pasting it here with hopes that the funky search engine here will pick it up for future reference:

"Brewed a cider with this yeast and it took a very long time to bottle condition to a drinkable state. After about 3 months in the bottle it started to taste more like a hard cider and less like a beer made out of apples. At six months the cider was very drinkable. Maybe I dis something wrong, but expect a very long bottle conditioning time. I probably won't use this yeast again."


Elsewhere today I found this review, from another brewer that used WLP775:

"Very clear, very tart and very slow fermenting cider, it took over a month to reach a final gravity of 1.012. I primed with 3/4 of a cup of sugar, but never achieved much carbonation. The cider is mellowing nicely over time and should be very drinkable after about 3 months in the bottles."

Interesting, if not a little annoying to learn at this stage in the game.

Oh well, I guess it's just a waiting game and I will never see bubbles. This stuff tastes great, so I'll drink it still but dag...

Reason: added more WLP775 info

 
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:06 AM   #9
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D47 isn't the most aggressive yeast in the world and since your FG wasn't fermented completely after 3 weeks I'd say you have a stuck fermentation. At this point I would let it sit for another couple weeks, and if it doesn't budge and you have a still sweet cider toss in a little ec-1118 to get things fizzy...or just drink it still.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:52 AM   #10
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D47 isn't the most aggressive yeast in the world and since your FG wasn't fermented completely after 3 weeks I'd say you have a stuck fermentation. At this point I would let it sit for another couple weeks, and if it doesn't budge and you have a still sweet cider toss in a little ec-1118 to get things fizzy...or just drink it still.
Ya, I'm with you on that Inner, the D47 has given me nothing but problems in the form of stuck fermentations....
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