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    A simple way to make plastic PET bottles as oxygen-proof as glass (almost!)

    Thanks for all the responses! Yes glass would have been better but i realised this after bottling - and i'd have probably oxygenated them way more by pouring them all into glass bottles afterwards! I have to disagree that the foil "won't do anything". Yes some oxygen will pass under the...
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    A simple way to make plastic PET bottles as oxygen-proof as glass (almost!)

    Quick introduction: i'm a first time cider maker with limited prior homebrewing experience. I've made plenty of mistakes but learnt loads of things during my current cider project. One of my many mistakes was to inocculate my rather acidic cider with a commerical malolactic strain of bacteria...
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    First time cider make - will my cider turn to vinegar?!?

    Thanks for your reply! Yes i inoculated my cider with an malolactic strain about 72 hours prior to bottling. MLF in the bottle is problem? How is this?
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    First time cider make - will my cider turn to vinegar?!?

    Hi everyone. I messaged a few weeks ago asking for help to get my first batch of cider to ferment. Well, finally, i'm pleased to say that a major aeration led to fermentation at last!!! I have just bottled my 5 gallons and tried to avoid air contact but i'm really worried that it's all going...
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    First time cider maker no fermentation after 2 weeks help

    Yes i have used yeast nutrient. Thank you menerdari your suggestion is pretty much exactly what i'm planning to do in the next couple hours. I thought i would try to make a big starter from the must. Last night i took a gallon of the must and poured it in a starter bottle. I only added a...
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    First time cider maker no fermentation after 2 weeks help

    So it's nearly 5 weeks now and no fermentation. I've pitched yeast FOUR times and no success. A couple of weeks ago i DID manage to get good fermentation going in a little starter bottle containing the same juice (which i'd boiled and allowed to cool to 100F before pitching), but it failed...
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    First time cider maker no fermentation after 2 weeks help

    Hi there! Actually the brewing bucket belonged to my parents - they had just purchased it but i don't know where (the process of pulping the apples and pressing the juice was a family event!). It was just a couple of hours between pressing the juice and sprinkling sodium metasulfite powder...
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    First time cider maker no fermentation after 2 weeks help

    Thanks for your replies guys. Specific gravity is 1050 exactly and has not changed. Brewing bucket was new and there was no sterilisation prior to pressing 25 litres of juice into it. But i then sprinked 4.7g (around a teaspoon) of sodium metabisulfite powder (probably too much and i should...
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    First time cider maker no fermentation after 2 weeks help

    Hi guys. Thanks for your advice of a couple of weeks ago. This post should now read: no fermentation after FOUR weeks - help! It's driving me absolutely crazy!!! So here's a summary of what has happened since the last post. * Last weekend took some juice from the 25L to make a starter...
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    First time cider maker no fermentation after 2 weeks help

    Hi GF. Yup sprinkled a teaspoon of sodium metabisulphite powder on the juice shortly after it was pressed and left for 48hrs with lid loose to allow SO2 to disperse. Teaspoon of powder weighed in at 4.7g which i read was pretty much spot on for 25L of juice. Sam
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    First time cider maker no fermentation after 2 weeks help

    Hi folks. I'm new to this forum and new to cider making but have a tiny amount of brewing experience (making elderflower "champagne" annually for about 5 years now). A fortnight ago i pressed a load of apples - a blend of eating and cooking but mostly eating - from a local orchard and from...
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