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I recently came into possession of a lot of apples and decided to make cider before they spoiled. I've done this before once or twice and have the correct gear, but very little experience. As such I'm fermenting in my home, at ambient temperature in Spain.
I've done this before in summer and the ferment bubbled constantly for a few days before producing a good cider. This time in autumn I've followed the same procedure as before but have been away from home a lot over the last two weeks so I couldn't keep a close eye on the cider. I've been popping in every few days but haven't seen a single bubble coming out of the air trap. I'm pretty sure the container is air tight and the gas hasn't escaped by another opening.
It's been two weeks now and I'm not sure if it's fermented and can be bottled, or nothings happened and I still have apple juice. I've tried a small amount and it doesn't taste like apple juice (not sweet like when I first juiced the apples), or alcoholic.
Here is my question(s):
- Apart from drinking several liters to determine this manually I'd like to know if it's fermented or not?
- If not, what do I have to do next?
My procedure was as follows:
- Wash the fermenting container (and other accessories) properly with non rinse steriliser
- Juice my apples directly into the container (10 liters of juice in total)
- Sprinkle in the yeast as per the packet instructions
- Seal and wait
During this time I've been checking the temperature of the ferment using a laser thermometer from outside and it has been between 17 and 25 degrees Celsius (62 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).
See pictures below of what I have:
Yeast packet rear showing the instructions that were followed and temperature range which has been adhered to:
Sneftel recommended I try using a hydrometer, here is an update with the results:
I summary the hydrometer sits very low in the liquid reading 1000 on the scale, with the reading directly above being 0990 and directly below reading 1010 and increasing by 10 for every unit below.