Originally Posted by Hell_Sinky
I was wondering if this means I have failed, or primary fermentation is over, or could it be working still?
I know I don't have much data to offer for you guys to analyze my situation, but any thoughts or advice you can offer me is much appreciated. Especially on how long I should be waiting.
Thanks and cheers!
Howdy, and welcome to the club! Really, without more information, any of those could be your current state. Given your current set up, perhaps the easiest way to tell what's going on with your wine is to taste it. If it still taste like juice, then your fermentation never got off the ground. If it tastes like vinegar or something equally disgusting, something went wrong. But, if you can taste some alcohol, with a odd little fizz, everything is most likely proceeding swimmingly.
If you have the latter situation, there's no way to tell if fermentation done unless you take readings with a hydrometer. You could just wait it out though and have a fairly high confidence its finished. Sounds like you're two weeks into the whole process. Depending on your fermentation temp, it could still be going or could have finished up a week ago. EC-1118 is a very aggressive fermentor so my guess is, if you did in fact get fermentation, that its already plowed through the sugar.
I once read that you should say good morning and good night to your in progress wines. I would recommend doing the same.
Couple more items. Get some balloons or latex gloves as suggested for an air lock substitute. But you'll need to figure out something different to use once fermentation has stopped. You always run the risk of blowing something if you simply replace the cap or use a solid rubber stopper. I'd recommend saving a few pennies and buying a real air lock.
Sanitation: again, scrape together a few pennies and buy something to sanitize with. I hesitate to recommend chlorine bleach, but it'll work in a pinch. Just rinse really, really well. Hopefully you can get your hands on something like Sanistar or potassium metabisulphite.
Last item. How long you should be waiting depends on a slew of things. I'd say to just follow one of the recipes in this forum as closely as you can. You should end up with something that, at a minimum, is drinkable.