This is my first post so please don't destroy me too much haha, but for Christmas my best friend bought me a Homebrewing starter kit to make a red wine (complete with ingredients, must, instructions, etc). This was my first foray into home brewing so I was a bit confused but think I made it through the process somewhat okay.
I did everything according to instructions - sanitized EVERYTHING, added the must to the plastic 6 gallon bucket, then added cold tap water to bring it to the 6 gallon mark. (Note: I know I have read that you should use purified water but this is all I had - I am not really concerned with making 5 star quality wine on my first attempt, but rather just coming out "successful" on my first homebrew with something that is actually wine so I can build and improve on my next attempt).
Then I added the packet of something that started with a B (I am currently not at home to check), stirred for a minute. I then added the packet of yeast to the top of the must, let it sit for 10 minutes, then stirred it for 2 minutes. Afterwards I laid the lid on top (didnt clamp it down) and inserted the airlock. I placed it in my living room on the concrete floor (we don't use the living room at the moment).
This was Tuesday at around 10am. Now, Thursday, there is absolutely 0 signs of physical fermentation. I have not taken a gravity reading yet so I know I need to do that. However, my concern is, after reading up a lot, that I do NOT have heat in my house. I live in Arizona, and at night it probably gets to around 50 degrees. The day probably isn't much better.
I am thinking that this may be the reason my fermentation is stuck? If so , would a brew belt be a good idea? If I order it now, and my current must sits until, say, next Tuesday when the belt arrives, will my batch have "gone bad" in the meantime, or can I save it?
Any help is greatly appreciated. Once again I'm not trying to come out with the best wine ever tasted, I just want to have a successful first attempt even if it doesn't taste too spectacular.