I made some Wry Smile a month or so back and saved the yeast in the fridge. Decided to pitch about a 1/4 of it it into a gallon of apple juice/cider (the cloudy stuff, not concentrate). I didn't take an OG reading. Well, it sat there and bubbled Saturday and Sunday a little but not much else for activity. Monday morning there was still no change, so I decided to check the gravity. It was at 1.078. I was expecting it to be much lower going on day 3 (usally my ciders start at 1.085-1.090). I decided to make a DME starter using about another 1/4 of the slurry and a tsp of yeast nutrient. The starter bubbled away, would foam when I shook it. Seemed fine? By Tuesday morning all the starter yeast was sitting at the bottom of the jug. I poured off most of the liquid and pitched it into the cider. It clearly increased activity for the day but now Wednesday morning, we're back to very little activity. I took another gravity reading and it's currentyly at 1.076-ish (kind of cloudy on the refractometer).
Any thoughts? I'm wondering if the 1450 is just really this slow or maybe I killed it with the higher gravity of the Wry Smile? Everything smells fine. Slurry, cider, etc. Nothing weird floating in anything. The 1450 just seems kaput. Should I pitch some different yeast? I have some packets of S04 and US-05 on hand in the freezer.