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Old 21-11-2008, 10:59 PM   #1
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Hi again forum,

I made use of your collective expertise earlier in the week, when my Cider kit wasn't fermenting correctly. It started to bubble like hell the day after I contacted you all. It is now near to finishing and I am getting a sulphur smell through the air lock. Is this normal, or not? Again I have never had this with beer! Also if and when I rack it off, what OG should it be at before i start to do this? Any advice gratefully received. This is a fantastic resource for us not so experienced brewer types!!! Keep up the good work!!!

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Old 21-11-2008, 11:13 PM   #2
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Some yeasts do give off sulfer smells, i wouldn't worry about it just yet. Have a little sample, that'll tell ya if there's any problems fairly quick

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Old 21-11-2008, 11:25 PM   #3
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Hi AT,

Thanks for the quick reply.

Could you tell me what fermenting cider should taste like? I have only tasted finished cider, and that was out of bottle. (Magners!)
This is definitely an unexpected learning curve!! Any advice appreciated.

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Old 21-11-2008, 11:28 PM   #4
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The fermenting product always smells very different to the final product, thats with beer and wine.

I'd say, ralax try it when it's ready, thats when you'll pick faults (if indeed there are any)

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Old 21-11-2008, 11:37 PM   #5
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Once it doesn't taste like it's dead or dying you're fine Like Wez said if you wanna wait till it's finished you can pick out faults. I thought you were more concerned with an infection, if that was there you would taste it but remember to sterilise anything that comes in contact with the beer

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Old 22-11-2008, 12:05 AM   #6
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Hi Wez and AT,

Thanks for putting my mind at rest. I'll let things take their course.

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Old 22-11-2008, 12:31 AM   #7
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Hi Wez ,

One other question, If I rack off this cider what OG should I look For before racking it off?

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Old 22-11-2008, 10:58 AM   #8
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your target FG can be worked out if you know the attenuation of the yeast, but you need to know what the Original Gravity (OG) was.

Eskimobob, yeast attenuation and target FG's are coming up alot recently... i think it might be worth sticking a calculator for it in the Calculators section

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Eskimobob, yeast attenuation and target FG's are coming up alot recently... i think it might be worth sticking a calculator for it in the Calculators section
Good idea BS Edit: Now added

In my limited experience of brewing cider, they tend to go quite dry. IIRC I have had some go down to almost 1.000 Are you planning on bottling on kegging it? - If bottling, I'd let it go well down to ensure you do not end up with a crate full of bombs

Edit: Should have said, I used to use champagne yeast which can continue to work in higher levels of alcohol so that could explain the high attenuation.
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