Oooh wee! I’m multi-tasking!!! Started crabapple batch #2 this morning.
Now, with that done, I realized that batch #1 has an issue. Remember that Liberal Arts brain issue I mentioned regarding math and measurements? When I was getting batch #2 situated, I realized that the bucket looked more full than the previous batch. Running back through what I did on the first batch, I came to the conclusion that, when measuring the water to add, instead of putting in 7 quarts, I put in HALF that much! Ouch. So, I’ve reached out to someone on a homebrew forum to ask for advice. Should I add water at this point or just keep rolling as is? I have some time to see if he responds. The cider tastes okay at this point and the SG is okay, I think. We’ll see.
On the first batch, the status is that it is racked in a one gallon carboy with another 32 oz in a growler. The airlock is only showing a bubble about once per 45 seconds to minute. The carboy is clear and the growler is brown, so I am using the carboy to judge clarity. I do see more fallout to the bottom, but cider is nowhere near clear.
On the second batch, the initial SG reading is 1.044 @ 75 degrees. Hydrometer is calibrated to 60 degrees. Adjusted reading is: 1.045. And I have the proper amount of liquid this time!
Update: 9:45 pm Looks like the fermenting is over…no bubbling on batch #1. So, we wait for clarity. (I know…deep, right?)