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    Cider hasn't started to ferment, 3 days.

    OK. a about a week and just a slight pressure indicated by my airlock. i decided to go with what i did with my last batch, which worked fine: Lalvin EC-1118 pitched into the airlock hole the only difference between my last batch and this one last batch was 5 gal with 9 defrosted...
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    Cider hasn't started to ferment, 3 days.

    thanks for that option. I will decide if i want to juice some more crabapples and make a small starter, get the yeast really going then add it, or just go for the champagne yeast
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    Cider hasn't started to ferment, 3 days.

    well, i will wait, wanted to try wild, since it was supposed to give more flavor. I wouldn't mind trying nottingham, but i don't have access to it. I refuse to spend $1 on a package of yeast, and then have to pay $8 shipping. My local brew supply store only has some ale yeast and champagne...
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    Cider hasn't started to ferment, 3 days.

    OK. My latest batch of cider: 5 gallons of water 10 frozen apple juice concentrate (no preservatives) about 4 pounds of sugar about 1/2 cup of fresh crabapples juiced (was hoping for wild yeast) it hasn't started fermenting after 3 days at all, the airlock shows a SLIGHT pressure, but...
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    quick 1st racking suggestion, filtering

    OK, well, i will get a basic siphon then to start with, this is all just exprimental to decide if i like it enough to continue. my 1st expirimental batches were done in apple juice containers and came out pretty damn good, but had too much crap in the bottom of the bottles. how do i keep the...
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    quick 1st racking suggestion, filtering

    about ready to rack my 1st large (5 gal) batch of hard cider (I think its called racking when i bottle... still new to this so some terms might be not accurate) its on its 2nd fermentation, but expect to have a fair amout of trub at the bottom still (probably messed around more than i...
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    Fermentor grommet hole size

    OK, both of these can't be true... if the inside of the grommet is 3/8"... how can a 7/16" cable go into it?... isn't the 7/16" cable 1/16" wider than the hole you are running it through?
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    fall spiced cider

    still working on my 1st MAJOR batch of cider. wondering being it will be done around halloween, i want to spice up some of my bottles, but no the whole batch. I am using 750 mL bottles mostly to bottle my cider, and am thinking can i just put in a cinnimon stick, a few cloves, and maby...
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    deactivating/removing Sodium or Potassium Benzoate?

    OK, i was thinking of expirimenting with some weird flavors and juices, the problem is the majority has Sodium or Potassium Benzoate in them. which specifically stops or reduces yeasts. Is there a way to either easily remove, or deactivate this chemical so it doesn't interfere with yeast...
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    Fermentor grommet hole size

    I keep going out shopping, and think i want to get some hose that will fit tightly into the grommet that i usually have my airlock in. I know the hole the grommet is in is 1/2", but don't know what the interior hole size to the grommet is... I keep forgetting to measure. what exteriror...
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