Two weeks ago I started 2 gallons of hard cider from windfalls - washed and bruises cut out. I pasteurized my own apple juice, kept it below boil. No preservatives. Everything was santitized with Starsan. I used Nottingham yeast (1 gram each bottle) Bubbles never escaped more than one every 10 -15 seconds. The hydrometor tonight reads 1.04. I can't remember what i started with. The room is about 55-60 F.
Tonight I added another 1/5 package yeast (expiry date Jan, 2015- Nottinghams) and another 1/4 cup sugar. the taste is sweet but a bit off - yeasty? vinegary? There is some scuzzy froth at the top. I've heard nottingham is slow (and does okay in a cooler room) but I've moved one jar closer to the wood stove to see what happens. Bubbles are now rising in both about 1 every 5-6 seconds. Cider not clear.
I'm not in a big hurry but I don't want all that juicing for our cider to turn to vinegar! - Any ideas as to how i should monitor this? Thanks!