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  1. May 15, 2018 at 8:08 PM #1

    Andy lemon

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    Hi
    I have brewed my first ever brew which was a magnum cider
    i brewed the cider 7 dsys ago and followed the instructions, my brew hasn't bubbled at all , but has formed a head on top of the cider
    what should I do . I was thinking of adding more yeast, is this a good idea ?
     
  2. May 15, 2018 at 8:41 PM #2

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    Hi!

    Do you mean that the airlock has not bubbled at all?
     
  3. May 15, 2018 at 8:44 PM #3

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    No the air lock has not bubbled
    I did check and it is air tight
     
  4. May 15, 2018 at 8:51 PM #4

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    What are you making it in a DJ or a FV?

    If its the latter its a common question asked here a lot of FV's are not airtight and it only takes a small leak to stop the airlock bubbling if you get a hydrometer it will take all the guess work out and its useful for gauging how strong your cider, beer or wine will be.
     
  5. May 15, 2018 at 9:06 PM #5

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    I used a fv
    what should the hydrometer read ?
     
  6. May 15, 2018 at 9:31 PM #6

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    If it reads about 1.000 or lower it will be close to or have finished fermentation. If it's 1.050 or higher then fermentation hasn't started or has stuck.

    I think Chippy is correct and you have a leak somewhere else.
     
  7. May 15, 2018 at 9:45 PM #7

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    thanks for the help I'll take a reading
     
  8. May 16, 2018 at 6:03 AM #8

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    Wine generally starts around 1080 and finishes around .995.
     
  9. May 16, 2018 at 12:10 PM #9

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    I've given up even trying to seal my FV or use an airlock. Just take hydrometer readings at the start and end and it will be fine.
     
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