I’m hoping someone can help. This is the toughest one I’ve ever struggled with. And with the best apple juice I’ve ever had in my life - and if I could save those 5 gallons back to juice now, I would. Here’s the timeline–
Last week Friday (9/18) I pressed 5 gallons of apple juice with the family - 4 types of apples. (OG - 1.042) Had campden tablets in it on Saturday morning. Pitched S-04 Sunday night. Monday nothing, Tuesday nothing. Wednesday morning, still nothing was happening. No bubbles, no airlock movement, no SG change. Maybe the campden hadn’t gotten all out of there, maybe my yeast was bad.
Wednesday afternoon - picked up a new package of S-04 from a different store. Whipped the heck out of the must. Rehydrated the yeast instead of sprinkling it - brought it within 2 degrees F of the must. (69*F), then gently poured the creamy live yeasties in, thinking this will for sure take off - the must already had yeast nutrient and energizer added. I had big expectations for morning…
Thursday morning it was still. I gently stirred. Thursday night the airlock had moved (and my heart jumped!), but wasn’t bubbling. There was a silver dollar size spot of foam in the primary. I checked SG to ensure I didn’t have a leak - still at 1.042. Gently stirred, the foam just dissipated, no fizzies or anything. I re-covered.
Friday morning - no airlock movement, really thin mottled foam over the surface but otherwise still. Carried the primary upstairs, hoping a couple degrees might help. It’s at about 72-73 now. I’m thinking maybe the sloshing did something, because late in the afternoon the airlock was moving - a bubble about every 90 seconds. Not much, but something! Unfortunately, by 9 pm it stopped. I looked before bed, and it looked just like before - thin mottled foam but still. I stirred, re-covered and left it.
Saturday morning (this morning) - no activity overnight again. Airlock hadn’t even raised. I didn’t open it, just sloshed it a little. Mid-afternoon the airlock had moved again. A bubble every 2 minutes or so (not fun to watch), but I left with hope in my heart.
7 pm - no more activity. It’s as still as can be in the primary. SG hasn’t moved from OG.
I’m stumped. No idea what to do. Everything has been sanitized every step of the way. I don’t know if my juice can be recovered at this point, and I have no idea how to get it moving. I’ve never had a beer or wine behave like this before.
Any help would be sincerely appreciated.