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Nexus555

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Hey guys, it's been a while since I've been on the forum.

Well about 4-6 months ago (I'm completely unsure of how long it's been,) I began a cider. I used 5 gallons of Sam's apple juice (100% no concentrates, just apple juice.) I can't exactly remember what yeast I used, but I believe it was called Munton's. It was a generic type of yeast.

When I began the cider, it began fermenting well. Again, since it's been so long, I can't recall how long it was bubbling. But I believe it was over a week.

Well a lot has happened in between it's beginning and now. In a nutshell, I forgot completely about the cider until recently. Now here is where my questions come!

1.) Should I buy more yeast and add to the cider, to see if more fermenting is required?

2.) Should I open the lid and let some of the gases out?

3.) Should I taste for any form of infections?


Well, actually any suggestions are welcomed. At this point I'm not even sure if it's any good anymore. I haven't refilled the airlock or anything. If this cider is in anyway salvagable, please let me know.

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thats about the amount of time ive heard other people let it sit so its probably set to go. if its in a glass vessel and you can see its super clear you could probably get away with bottling it.

id take a sample and see how it tastes i highly doubt its ruined
 

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I actually had a similar situation except quite a bit longer time frame. I let mine sit a year and checked it and it didnt taste very good so I just put it back and forgot about it. I have since moved and now at the 3 year mark came across it the other day in the spare bedroom. I opened it up and got hit with the most beautiful apple smell and honey colored liquid I had ever seen. Mine is still so I just put it in mason jars and its wonderful. So I dont think you have anything to worry about.
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I would check the sg to make sure it had completely fermented and take a taste at that time. If it's good, bottle it! If it's bad, well, I doubt it'd be bad, but then you can dump it if you have to.
 
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Thanks guys. I didn't actually get an original gravity, but I could buy a thing of apple juice and measure it and then measure mine. I guess when I get home I'll check it out. Well, it's going to have to sit for a little while longer, since I have no bottles!! Does 3 months sound normal for amount of time bottled?
 
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