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Old 08-21-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Should i use an airlock for primary fermentation of wine ? Most recipes I have seen tell you to syphon off after a week and then add an air lock I have just assumed so far one needs to go on straight away and that's what I have done is this wrong ??



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Old 08-21-2012, 06:36 PM   #2
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You don't need one. I put a towel over the bucket (no lid) so I have easy access to it for stirring throughout the day.



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Old 08-21-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Does that go for all wine ?? I have recently done a batch of rhubarb and it shouldn't be sparkling but appears to have got a little carbonated could this have been caused by using an air lock during the primary ?

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Did you degas before bottling?

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Old 08-21-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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I haven't bottled yet I was about to and realized it was fizzy so i have just left it in the Demi John for now until it settles.

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if you just cover it and wip it a couple times a day it will make degassing way easier and also reduces the chance of you getting a h2s problem.

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It is likely there is co2 in suspension. Google degassing wine and follow the instructions. Poof, no fizzy wine.

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Wine is all simple sugars and the initial fermentation is very fast. You get a good blanket of CO2 almost instantly and an air lock would probably blow off.

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Ok thanks guys all noted and I will look up degassing and I have never seen anywhere else that it tells you to stir it daily but if it works thank you :-)

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I've air locked both primary fermentations on a Merlot and Concord. No problems and it completely fermented. Both are in secondary right now under airlock. So far I've had no problems. I have my wine operation in the basement of a house built in 1944. Lots of dust and house spiders...so I didnt want to risk contamination.



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