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Old 02-10-2013, 11:50 PM   #1
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I've never used pectic enzyme before, Just added yeast to cider, that's it.

So I'm planning to try to use pectic enzyme this time around with a 6 gallon batch of fresh pressed apple juice.... I just sanitize my carboy and added about half an ounce of the enzyme to the juice, then I understand I'm supposed to wait 24 hours before adding yeast...? Is this correct?
Should I have added the whole oz?

My next question and probably the most important to me at this point is do I put the air lock on top for the first 24 hours while the pectic enzyme does it's job or do I need to leave it uncovered?


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I always airlock as soon as it goes into the carboy, though the pectic enzyme shouldn't produce any out-gassing.


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I always airlock as soon as it goes into the carboy, though the pectic enzyme shouldn't produce any out-gassing.
Ok, cool.... So the temp is about 65.5 in my room... May drop to low 60's tonight, so when I get home from work tomorrow should I then add yeast or tomorrow early morning b4 I go to work?
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Either one is probably fine.
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Either one is probably fine.
Good because I'm running late this morning... Lol
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It is one day later and in my 6 gallon carboy there is almost a full inch of white sediment on the very bottom of the carboy? I am assuming this is the pumpkin doing it's job but I'm very confused because I thought it rises to the top when it separates?
Or is this just sediment from the fresh pressed Apple settling to the bottom? If it is it's quite a bit different than the last ciders?
Did the pectic enzyme do it's job?
This stuff settles and does not sit on top?
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It is one day later and in my 6 gallon carboy there is almost a full inch of white sediment on the very bottom of the carboy? I am assuming this is the pumpkin doing it's job but I'm very confused because I thought it rises to the top when it separates?
Or is this just sediment from the fresh pressed Apple settling to the bottom? If it is it's quite a bit different than the last ciders?
Did the pectic enzyme do it's job?
This stuff settles and does not sit on top?
"Pectic enzyme" doesn't settle out, as it should be dissolved in the must. Sediment does settle, though, so don't worry about it.
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Yeah, that's the sediment dropping out. Pectic enzyme can work in as little as an hour in the right conditions.
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"Pectic enzyme" doesn't settle out, as it should be dissolved in the must. Sediment does settle, though, so don't worry about it.
Even though there was lots of white sediment on the bottom the cider did look quite a bit clearer.
But still not totally clear...
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Yeah, that's the sediment dropping out. Pectic enzyme can work in as little as an hour in the right conditions.
Sediment from the cider only?


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