Apple Wine in the Secondary

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  1. tedcody

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    A month ago I added 2 lbs of sucrose to 6 gallons of Campden treated cider, for a starting SG of 1.060. There was vigorous fermentation for 10 days before it totally stopped. I let things settle until day 21 then racked it off the lees into a clean 6 gallon glass carboy. Final SG was 1.001 (about 8% alcohol). To bring the level to the neck I added 1/2 gallon of fresh cider which had been treated for 24 hrs with 1 Campden tab and 1/2 gallon of room temperature water with 1 cup of honey (added when the water had just finished boiling).

    I would have thought that the added carbs would support a second round of fermentation in the secondary, but I've seen no bubbles over the first 4 days. Am I right? Suggestions? Should I leave this batch in the secondary for another 3 months as planned, or is it all over?
     
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    Is it clear? If it's dropped clear, that's a good sign it's done but of course a hydrometer reading is the only way to know.
     
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    Yeah I think you'll have to pull a reading and see what it shows.
     
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    Yay. On day 5 CO2 production exceeded its solubility and there was sudden moderate bubbling. Thanks for the hand holding!
     
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    Remember that temperature and barometric pressure changes also cause bubbling in the airlock, so the only way to know if fermentation is happening (if there isn't a lot of foam, etc), is to take a hydrometer reading!
     
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    11 days is a long time to let it sit, but unless you cold crashed it and have a high flocculating or lager yeast there will still be some in suspension after racking. Such a small amount of viable yeast could take a while to noticeably restart, especially if they are being affected by the residual campden tablet from the addition.
     

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