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Old 02-22-2012, 01:26 AM   #11
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I'm re-reading the instructions and it clearly states that the yeast is added after the primary fermentation and the secondary fermentation is complete.

Now to be honest, I did just notice that it says to insert the airlock after the yeast is added, I currently have it in before the yeast. Would this cause a issue?

With the exception of putting the airlock on ahead of time I don't see anything in the instructions that I haven't followed.
I'd suggest contacting winexpert right away via email. They guarantee their kits, and if the instructions are lacking, they will replace their kits. Adding yeast 10 days into primary is an issue, and of course there will be no "primary fermentation" without yeast. They are great to deal with- email them right away! Those kits are expensive.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:28 AM   #12
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Oh, I almost forgot! Those kits tell you to rack at SG 1.000 or so, and to take the SG when pitching the yeast. Did you do any SG readings? Winexpert will want to know.

Also, it's too late now, but all of their instructions are on their website: http://www.winexpert.com/kit-instructions All of them state to add the yeast in primary, after mixing up the must, so you must have a bad instructions sheet.

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:33 AM   #13
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Here's a quick scan of the instructions with the part high-lighted where it says to add the instructions.



If I've missed something please point it out to me. I can take criticism so you won't hurt my feelings.

As of now I plan to head to the home brew store tomorrow and pick up some campden tablets to try and salvage this.

I thought it was odd that the yeast wasn't added until basically 2 weeks into the process but since this is my first go round I thought maybe I had it mixed up.

Again, I appreciate all the info you guys are offering up.

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:33 AM   #14
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Step #7 http://www.winexpert.com/images/Orig...pt2011_Eng.pdf

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:35 AM   #15
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After looking at the scan I just uploaded I realize I'm misread this. Instead of following all of step one and then moving to step two, I now see that the highlighted area is still under step one instructions. I can't believe I missed that.

If I add the campden tablets tomorrow that the yeast can I still salvage this or should I start over?

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Bad setup on the instructions.

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Yeah. It's a formatting issue. The second stage is misleading with step 7 & 8 from the first stage in the same page "tile"

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Rather than salvage the wine, call winexpert and plead your case, they may make good on it and get you another kit to start over, which will produce far better results than salvaging what you presently have.

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So is the general consensus to dump this wine and start over? I'd like to try and salvage this for no other reason than to learn how. If this is a lost cause I'd like to know though.

I'll shoot winexpert a email in the morning and see what they say about all this.

If any of you guys are in Tampa I'd be more than happy to buy you a drink for helping me on this.

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So is the general consensus to dump this wine and start over? I'd like to try and salvage this for no other reason than to learn how. If this is a lost cause I'd like to know though.

I'll shoot winexpert a email in the morning and see what they say about all this.

If any of you guys are in Tampa I'd be more than happy to buy you a drink for helping me on this.
I wouldn't dump it yet. But the problem is that the yeast needs to be pitched in primary, or else you can get some mold. Winexpert will replace this kit, if their instructions are lacking (you may need to copy them) and I've already suggest dissolving 10 crushed campden tablets in it, and stirring it up. And then repitching yeast in a few days. It might be fixable, but without yeast pitched right away other contaminants took hold.
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