Hey all, first post here.
I've done a couple beers, all of which were successful and enjoyable.
This is my first cider, and I have a feeling I mucked it up, but wanted to ask advice since I am by no means pretending to be a pro!
I think my first mistake was using Safcider Tf-6 yeast, looking back. I was told it would help fruit character but would definitely eat up all the sugars and come out dry, despite its description of sweetness.
I used 5 gallons of Indian Summer -- and added around 2 pounds of brown sugar.
The fermentation took about 3 days to get rolling. Then it took off (wasn't crazy but was definitely working), lasted about 10 days, but then came to a full stop. There's been zero action for about 5 days now, nothing going on in the carboy or the airlock. Totally still.
I'm using the big mouth siphonless for the first time as well, so I drew out a dram. The stuff gave me an almost instant headache (presuming from the sugars), and reads 1.020 on the hydrometer. (I didn't take an OG reading unfortunately.)
So, where can I go from here to get those excess sugars eaten up and dry this out?
I didn't want a sweet cider to begin with, to be honest. I have a feeling this yeast has had its run and doesn't want to eat anymore.