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Old 02-13-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Into day 2 of primary fermentation. Started 2 one gallon jugs from Whole Foods.

Bottle 1 - I added 6 fluid oz of honey - 1/2 pack of Red Star Champagne yeast. Noticed Airlock activity within a few hours.

Bottle 2 - I added 1/2 cup lt brown sugar - same yeast. Airlock activity began about 24 hours later.

Made the rookie mistake of dropping my Hydrometer after taking the IG before adding sugars.


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Old 02-13-2013, 11:41 PM   #2
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oops. Sorry to hear that. Don't sweat it. I'm sure we've all dropped one (or two) wether we admit it or not. I admit it.


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Old 02-14-2013, 04:36 AM   #3
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oops. Sorry to hear that. Don't sweat it. I'm sure we've all dropped one (or two) wether we admit it or not. I admit it.
*tink* (the gentle sound of glass breaking)

"What, really?! Are you kidding me?!"

You know you're a homebrewer when: you buy a spare hydrometer after learning your lesson the hard way.

Welcome to the club Brewnube! :-)
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:40 AM   #4
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hydrometers? we don't need no stinking hydrometers!!! i stopped using them after my ( i think 6th ) broke. now i rely on look, smell, and foaminess to tell me if it's done. learned a little trick from some shiners on that
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:01 AM   #5
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Thanks, I'll keep you up to date.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:35 AM   #6
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84 hours into first batch.


Consistent airlock activity of both jugs. No foaminess. Lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top. I can even hear the activity going on in the bottle.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:05 PM   #7
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Ahh... the sound of Nature at work!
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:45 AM   #8
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7 days and 12 hours into Primary:

CO2 bubbles still rising to the top. Airlock activity has slowed considerably. Nice Trub layer on the bottom. Will watch it for a couple of days and then take a reading.

I guess the next step will be to siphon it into secondary.

Also, I made a raspberry sauce for a dessert last week. Could I add it into secondary of one of the jugs to give it a raspberry note , or freeze the sauce until I'm ready to back sweeten and bottle the cider? What would give better results?

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Old 02-19-2013, 11:52 AM   #9
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The geat thing about homebrew is all the ideas it gives you! Sure, the raspberry can be added, and secondary is where I would do it. Raspberry is very potent (flavorwise) so don't get too carried away with it. Add, taste, add, taste.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:43 PM   #10
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10 days into Primary.

Still seeing some co2 bubbles rising. Bottle 1 appears to be somewhat lighter in color and more solids appea


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