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Old 01-21-2009, 02:09 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

I started a cider 2 weeks ago using some cheap apple juice from the store. The juice started off at 1.049 and I didn't add anything else to the fermenter.

I just took a gravity reading a few hours ago and it is down to 1.008. The yeast used was S-04.

Do you guys think this is going to keep going down lower? It looks crystal clear at this point and I'm happy with the taste.


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Hey guys,

I started a cider 2 weeks ago using some cheap apple juice from the store. The juice started off at 1.049 and I didn't add anything else to the fermenter.

I just took a gravity reading a few hours ago and it is down to 1.008. The yeast used was S-04.

Do you guys think this is going to keep going down lower? It looks crystal clear at this point and I'm happy with the taste.

That is almost 84% attenuation... that is pretty darn good for S0-4... Id say it is prolly done.


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Old 01-21-2009, 02:23 AM   #3
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I don't know. In cider, there are only simple sugars and you might get more attenuation than you'd expect from an ale yeast. I'd wait and make sure it doesn't drop more. I've had many ciders go to .990 with no issues.
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84% is way past what S0-4 should do...

Doesnt hurt to take a few samples.
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84% is way past what S0-4 should do...

Doesnt hurt to take a few samples.
Yes, but I've got 110% apparent attenuation from s-05 before in cider, so it's not for sure that it'll stop when you expect.

The short answer is to take some SG samples, and ensure that's it's done. If it's clear, that's a good sign that it may be done but don't rely on that. Rely on the hydrometer not changing for a couple of weeks.
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My Cider with Nottingham started at 1.064 and is now below 1.000! S-04 should have no problem going below that starting at 1.049...
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So you guys that have used Ale yeasts like S-04/05 and Notty - How long did it take for them to ferment out? I've been keeping my fermenter at about 63-65 degrees.

Like I said, it's only been two weeks. I was just hoping it was done because right now it tastes perfect (not too sweet and not too dry).
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I used WLP300!!!
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So you guys that have used Ale yeasts like S-04/05 and Notty - How long did it take for them to ferment out? I've been keeping my fermenter at about 63-65 degrees.

Like I said, it's only been two weeks. I was just hoping it was done because right now it tastes perfect (not too sweet and not too dry).
I started on 12/6 and when I racked on 1/1, it was at 0.999! My temps are same as yours.
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I used WLP300!!!
I made one batch of cider using WLP300 on 2008-09-15 OG: 1.071 FG: 0.098. I really do like the taste of this one, yesterday I started another batch because the first one is going really fast.
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