Hey guys. I got this pear Apple cider from an orchard to make some hard cider with. I pitched the yeast about 16hrs ago and there is this crust like material. Any ideas on what this could be?....i was told the cider was preservative free, and I used yeast EC-1118.
You can stir it in, but I'd just leave it. It is just yeast scum and solids that have floated on the foam. I ferment my ciders in carboys since they are from juice you don't have a cap to punch down and more importantly it keeps the juice better protected. Keep an eye on it and as soon as it is dry, rack it.
Take the airlock off of it. Do you have a fermenting bucket? I would put it in there if you do and stir it daily, once sg is down to `1.010 or close, snap the lid on the bucket and let it ferment to dry, then rack into the carboy.