Longtime lurker, first time poster...
I've got 5 gal of juice (no additional sugar) and Notty doing a very slow fermentation Brewed up several batches this way in the past and loved the results, but my wife liked the idea of a more "cloudy" cider (after trying some local brands) so I decided to see what would happen if I skipped the pectic enzyme.
No initial gravity reading - just plain juice. After a week, the gravity was 1.040. And 5 days later, 1.036. After another 5 days (tonight), 1.034.
I've never had such a slow cider fermentation... Could it be skipping the pectic enzyme?
The juice is store-bought cider. It's also generic, store brand cider. Pasteurized. I usually get a farm-stand cider, but it is also pasteurized.
Temp is has stayed between 68-70 deg F.
And I will admit, 5 days ago I dumped in a second package of Notty, just in case my last packet was bad. Only dropped 2 points since then.
Am I just being impatient, or did I make a mistake by using cheap juice or skipping the enzyme?
Samples taste fine, just too sweet. Nice and cloudy, soi got that part right... :-)