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rdavidw 01-11-2013 02:30 PM

1st wine kit - Yeast Starter?
 
I am going to make my first wine kit. It's the World Vineyard 10L Australian Shiraz kit. For beer and cider, I typically make a yeast starter and sit it on a stir plate for a day or two. Should I make a starter for the wine kit also? If so, do I just use regular store grape juice? Do I add any water or sugar to the starter? Do I boil it? Thanks!

novalou 01-11-2013 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by rdavidw
I am going to make my first wine kit. It's the World Vineyard 10L Australian Shiraz kit. For beer and cider, I typically make a yeast starter and sit it on a stir plate for a day or two. Should I make a starter for the wine kit also? If so, do I just use regular store grape juice? Do I add any water or sugar to the starter? Do I boil it? Thanks!

Follow the instructions of the kit, but I believe it will tell you to sprinkle the yeast right into the juice. Make sure your must is at the right temperature.

solbes 01-11-2013 03:20 PM

If using dry yeast, just sprinkle on top per instructions. I was amazed at how quickly it started up (brewer here mostly).

saramc 01-11-2013 05:31 PM

Yeast is formulated in specific ways. You really should follow the instructions with the yeast. Some require a starter method, while others are meant to be sprinkled over the top of the must. Quite simple either way...no reason to make it so complicated.


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