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Old 11-17-2007, 03:48 AM   #1
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I am on day 7 of my fermentation, and I'm wanting to start taking S.G. readings to see when I should move to a secondary. I'm wondering though, when should I start checking the S.G. and how often?
It seems to me that everytime I open the primary fermentor to check the S.G. I'm loosing the C02 buffer and letting a new batch of oxigen in contact with the cider. So I would assume that the less I open it the better. So I wonder when I should check for the first time, and how often there after?
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Start at one week and then every three days. If you swirl the fermenter after taking the sample, CO2 will come out of solution and re-fill the head-space. It's heavier than air, so the air gets pushed out.
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Start at one week and then every three days. If you swirl the fermenter after taking the sample, CO2 will come out of solution and re-fill the head-space. It's heavier than air, so the air gets pushed out.
Thanks, I figured 7-10 days for the first time, but wasn't sure how often after that. I'll use your sugestion.
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