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macbeth_dANk
09-12-2014, 07:34 AM
I am trying to use Apple cider in my mead, it's been two days and the yeast seems dormant. This is the second time this has happened. 2 different yeasts. Anyone have any thoughts.

loveofrose
09-12-2014, 07:38 AM
Full recipe please.


Better brewing through science!

McJeff
09-12-2014, 09:12 AM
Need a recipe, but my guess is there is too much sugar content.

macbeth_dANk
09-12-2014, 12:44 PM
3/4 gallon Apple cider, 2.5lb clove honey. 12 raisins, 1 cinnamon stick, 6 all spice 3 clove

macbeth_dANk
09-12-2014, 12:45 PM
Do you think I need to cut it with water

Pflanz
09-12-2014, 12:54 PM
My guess is the cider is not organiz and has potassium sorbate in it as a preservative.

macbeth_dANk
09-12-2014, 01:03 PM
Last time I send the woman to get me cider

macbeth_dANk
09-12-2014, 01:17 PM
Thanks for the help

McJeff
09-12-2014, 01:53 PM
Well the starting gravity is a bit high but not terrible. 1.140. Def check to see if there is k sorbate in it. What yeast did you use?

macbeth_dANk
09-12-2014, 01:59 PM
Pasteur red. Red star

macbeth_dANk
09-12-2014, 07:08 PM
The cidar has k sorbate . Thanks guys I'll start over. Luckily I didn't use my 3 gallon carbouy and stuck with test size

Midnight Sun
09-12-2014, 11:28 PM
Sometimes yeast will still ferment in the presence of sorbate, but it may be slow. You might make a big starter and try again. Or consider blending with an already fermenting mead. Better than tossing it.

Chevette Girl
09-18-2014, 01:03 AM
If you want to keep trying to get this batch to go, get a can of 100% apple juice (no sorbate) and make a starter using that. The sorbate won't directly inhibit fermentation but it will prevent the yeast from breeding, so if you get a good vigorous batch of yeast going before you chuck it into the sorbated cider, you should be able to get some more fermentation to happen before the yeasties eventually lose interest... Multiple starters every time it dies down is probably the best way, if you want to salvage this batch. There is a thread around here somewhere where the member (sorry, it was a year or three ago and I've forgotten exactly who) accidentally used sorbated cider but with a couple starts, he did eventually get it to ferment enough to make him happy.