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Old 01-11-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default 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!

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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If using dry yeast, just sprinkle on top per instructions. I was amazed at how quickly it started up (brewer here mostly).

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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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