I'll make this short but this batch had been giving me problems from the git go.
6 gallon cider to wine is the goal.
The cider I purchased said no preservatives but I don't believe it. I have had so much trouble getting it to ferment. Started out wit EC-1118, and a hydrometer reading of .080 and it bubbled nicely for a couple days and quit.
I let it go a couple weeks and the hydrometer read .080. Uh Oh.
I made a super batch of yeast using water sugar and pure juice and when I had a gallon bubbling nicely I added it.
Bubbled awesome for 2 or 3 days and quit. uh oh.
I racked it to 5 gallons leaving a bunch of sludge behind. I built it back to 6 gallons using super yeast (like above) and white wine.
The I did it again (getting desperate) but this time I added a total of 4 packets of yeast (2 ec-1118 and 2 ec 1116). half in a sugar water concoction again and half just poured in.
Different result. Now for the last 2 weeks it would bubble in the airlock about every 6-8 seconds. now its down to 1 every 15-20 seconds.
Question, what might I do next? what should I look for? Any more yeast and bread will form!