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Old 07-12-2013, 04:45 AM   #391
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Hey all,

I started a hard lemonade on my own before discovering this thread and I've run into a "problem."

When I made this (started 6/5/13), I just pitched dry yeast straight into 1 gallon of store bought organic lemonade along with anough dextrose to bring gravity to 1.065. I used 1/5 pack of red star champagne yeast when I pitched.

Things started off ok, albeit slowly (I added yeast nutrient once fermentation got off to a nice start) and I had decent activity in my airlock for about 3 days. Then all of the sudden things started going downhill and a few days later... I could barely see small streams of bubbles floating to the surface and now another few days later (day 6) things have now slowed to a halt with no airlock activity and no stream of bubbles. Now I know I should take a gravity reading, but there's still undissolved dextrose at the bottom of my gallon container, so I know its not done. [the yeast in my apfelwein chewed right through undissolved dextrose]

Since I didn't make a starter, did I end up sending my yeast on a suicide mission? Should I rehydrate another round of yeast to repitch? Or am I just being impatient and just need to wait it out?

Side note: Same exact problem in a perry I made. Same exact process and time frame.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:15 PM   #392
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Hey all,

I started a hard lemonade on my own before discovering this thread and I've run into a "problem."

When I made this (started 6/5/13), I just pitched dry yeast straight into 1 gallon of store bought organic lemonade along with anough dextrose to bring gravity to 1.065. I used 1/5 pack of red star champagne yeast when I pitched.

Things started off ok, albeit slowly (I added yeast nutrient once fermentation got off to a nice start) and I had decent activity in my airlock for about 3 days. Then all of the sudden things started going downhill and a few days later... I could barely see small streams of bubbles floating to the surface and now another few days later (day 6) things have now slowed to a halt with no airlock activity and no stream of bubbles. Now I know I should take a gravity reading, but there's still undissolved dextrose at the bottom of my gallon container, so I know its not done. [the yeast in my apfelwein chewed right through undissolved dextrose]

Since I didn't make a starter, did I end up sending my yeast on a suicide mission? Should I rehydrate another round of yeast to repitch? Or am I just being impatient and just need to wait it out?

Side note: Same exact problem in a perry I made. Same exact process and time frame.
Try stirring up to introduce some o2. Probably just stalled on you. Also add some more nutrient and energizer to help them along.
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:22 AM   #393
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I realize that this thread is quite old, but I was thinking of trying it for my first ever batch. If I don't plan on carbonating at the end, could I cork it?
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:35 AM   #394
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I guess you could, not sure why though. I haven't don't any really long aging on this, but it doesn't seem to get better with the time I have put on it. It does clear up though. If you let it finish all the way out, it's pretty dry, like white wine. I like to let it drop to about 1.025, then keep cold.
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:29 PM   #395
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I guess you could, not sure why though. I haven't don't any really long aging on this, but it doesn't seem to get better with the time I have put on it. It does clear up though. If you let it finish all the way out, it's pretty dry, like white wine. I like to let it drop to about 1.025, then keep cold.

I think i'm going to do hard lemonade (the recipe that Yooper posted). I don't plan on aging it at all. I like the size and look of the cork bottles. Think I could use flip top bottles? I guess I'm just curious if there is a mandatory way to bottle or if I have other options with this recipe. I'm a little hesitant regarding the bottling choices because I plan on back sweetening it and I wouldn't want to create any bottle bombs.
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Old 01-06-2015, 02:24 AM   #396
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You can bottle it anyway you like. If you back sweeten it with fermentables, you will make bottle bombs unless you kill the yeast or keep it cold
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