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Old 11-03-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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Ok so I made some strawberry wine and I did it in a plastic can 2,5 liters.

Strawberries, strawberry juice (Without preservative ofc.) sugar, water, dry bread yeast, and some raisins.

I put a balloon on top and made a pinhole. It's fermenting! But now after 1 week the balloon is slat/sloppy.

Should I stir/shake it? Or is the wine still OK?
(Same thing is happening to my mead, though the mead balloon is not completly slat)

Thanks for answers!

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Old 11-03-2010, 05:00 PM   #2
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It's probably doing it's thing.

First thing would be to take some gravity readings for a couple days and see if it's still fermenting or if it's stuck.

If the gravity keeps going down, it's fine relax and drink a home brew.

If it's stopped, and stopped above your intended FG there's a few options you have.
You can re-pitch, or use an enzyme like amalyse that could jump start the fermentation, or you could leave it where it is and drink it sweet.

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Old 11-03-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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It's probably doing it's thing.

First thing would be to take some gravity readings for a couple days and see if it's still fermenting or if it's stuck.

If the gravity keeps going down, it's fine relax and drink a home brew.

If it's stopped, and stopped above your intended FG there's a few options you have.
You can re-pitch, or use an enzyme like amalyse that could jump start the fermentation, or you could leave it where it is and drink it sweet.
Ok thanks!

EDIT: Maybe I didn't add enough sugar...
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Old 11-06-2010, 01:31 AM   #5
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small batches can ferment fast

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Old 11-07-2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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small batches can ferment fast
Ok good to know! I think I'll let it stay for another week then I will drink it
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Ok good to know! I think I'll let it stay for another week then I will drink it
Its gonna suck.

You need to let it sit a while before drinking.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:11 PM   #8
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Its gonna suck.

You need to let it sit a while before drinking.
Well I made like 2,2 liters wine, and I just wanna try and maybe and make some more.

How long do you suggest it to sit before drinking?
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:45 PM   #9
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Usually wines need to sit 6 months to a year before drinking.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:39 PM   #10
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Usually wines need to sit 6 months to a year before drinking.
well It does smell delicious though.
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