Cider 1 week in, little fermentation?

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  1. blackcats

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    #1 blackcats, Jan 19, 2017
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    Hello brewers,

    I've done a couple of brews before but this is my first cider and under new climate (I live in Brazil now, only ever brewed at my previous house in Montana). I followed a pretty straight forward cider recipe: 5 gallons 100% natural apple juice, no preservatives, no additives other than citric acid, and added 5 lbs of brown sugar. In the first few days there were lots of fizzing in the carboy and bubbles in the airlock. Maybe 2-3 bubbles per second. Today is day 8 of fermentation and it's at a near standstill. I can still see some small bubbles in the carboy but only about 1 bubble in the airlock every 10 seconds. I kept the carboy in a dark room with blackout blinds and the temperature has been a constant 80 degrees.

    Does this sound normal? Should I be concerned? If so, what can I do to save my brew?

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    80f that's 26c in my lingo that's a nice warm fermentation black cats I'm not suprised you didn't get a more vigorous fermentation with the Apple juice plus the brown sugar she would have been a good starting gravity I recon 1.060 ish. Did you take a SG reading Blackers? You use champagne yeast? I know going from previous Apple ciders I've made from scratch that just apple juice will give you a SG of 1.040 and will finish fairly dry with FG near 1.001 depending on yeast you use.

    So my advice get the hydrometer and take a sample write down your reading then wait a day or three take another hydrometer reading compare if no change bottle her if a change repeat process;).

    My guess is she should be about done.
    How long has it been fermenting?
     
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    Big change from Montana to Brazil. Just got over 0-F temps here.
    RDWHAHB let it finish it sounds fine to me.
     
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    Sounds like fermentation is complete to me.
     

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