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Cherry fermenting

Postby Country boy » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:49 pm

Ok got a question I have 10 gallons of cherry shine fermenting it’s been four day since I put it all together. It started off with good bubbles in the airlock. Now the airlock is not bubbling at all. When I put my ear up to the barrel I hear small bubbles popping. Should I add more sugar? I put 25 lbs in to start with plus yeast nutritious. Or more yeast? I put 20 grams of dady dry yeast. Or just let it sit in the room at 74 degrees? I have done corn and sweet feed and never ran into this before. Could I just have a air leak?
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Saltbush Bill » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:35 pm

Country boy wrote:ow the airlock is not bubbling at all.
Air locks are notorious for leaking, just because its not bubbling doesn't mean its not fermenting.
Country boy wrote:When I put my ear up to the barrel I hear small bubbles popping.

Take the lid off and have a close look, if you can see lots of small bubbles fizzing away on the surface it working fine.
While you have the lid of stick your ear close to the surface of the wash , you should also hear it fizzing.
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Mike6090 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:12 am

What was the original gravity? What is the gravity now? Knowing both will tell you the % alcohol in your wash. You might be done. Won’t know unless we have those numbers.
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Bushman » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:05 am

All good advice also sometimes your fermenting vessel does not have a good seal which will cause the airlock to not show any action. Can you give us a more detailed recipe that you used?
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Country boy » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:32 am

Ok thanks guys I’ll get the gravity of it. Been trying to figure out how to do that. I used 30 pounds of cherries and four cans of cherries. 25 pounds of sugar and topped it off with water plus two pounds of raisin. Made a watermelon one like that last year turned out great just had a yeast taste I’m thinking do to bread yeast I used.
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Saltbush Bill » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:08 pm

But is it fermenting or not ?
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Country boy » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:01 pm

Yes it is it is fizzing good none stop just different then the way corn does I reckon. I think I just got a leak around the airlock going to try and get a new lid for it
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Saltbush Bill » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:16 pm

Problem fixed ..no need for gravities or gadgets. :thumbup:
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Country boy » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:27 pm

Saltbush Bill wrote:Problem fixed ..no need for gravities or gadgets. :thumbup:


True but I still want to learn how to get the gravity. Thanks for the advice
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Pikey » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:43 pm

Too late to do gravitynow - 25 lb sugar in 10 gallons (US?) will be unlikely to ferment dry so the nearer you get to 1.000 the better your processhas been proven to be. :)
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Country boy » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:00 pm

Pikey wrote:Too late to do gravitynow - 25 lb sugar in 10 gallons (US?) will be unlikely to ferment dry so the nearer you get to 1.000 the better your processhas been proven to be. :)


How much sugar do you think I should try and use next time I try it.
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Saltbush Bill » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:14 pm

Adding some water to dilute it down should have it finish ok.
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Re: Cherry fermenting

Postby Country boy » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:47 am

Saltbush Bill wrote:Adding some water to dilute it down should have it finish ok.


Ok I’ll try that thanks
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