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Old 12-12-2012, 02:13 PM   #1011
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I've only made one batch but I do recall it being pretty slow. It looked like a soda with the fizz coming to the top, so it was working, it just took a long time to get to 1.050. I would say over a week. Total fermentation was just about 3 weeks and then another 2 weeks to clear.

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Old 12-12-2012, 02:20 PM   #1012
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I am in the middle of my first batch of SP & had a question about fermentation activity. How aggressive should the fermentation rate be? It is working, but at the same rate as an apfelwein. Too slow? About right? The SG at 1.06 this morning. I have whipped it a couple of times, which seems to have helped some. Just wondering what others are seeing.
Mine is always slow and steady. Maybe some foaming but usually just small thin bubbles. I whip once a day for about 4-5 days, add more lemon juice and nutrient, and whip some more. It is usually down to 0.95 in about 10 days total, in my experience.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:06 PM   #1013
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Mine is always slow and steady. Maybe some foaming but usually just small thin bubbles. I whip once a day for about 4-5 days, add more lemon juice and nutrient, and whip some more. It is usually down to 0.95 in about 10 days total, in my experience.
How many times do you rack it? Do you rack it within those 10 days?
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:41 PM   #1014
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How many times do you rack it? Do you rack it within those 10 days?
Only once into keg or bottles. I primary ferment for 10-14 days, then clear with sparkalloid for 14 days in primary bucket (I like my pee to be clear, cloudy pee is just unhealthy ).
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:57 PM   #1015
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Only once into keg or bottles. I primary ferment for 10-14 days, then clear with sparkalloid for 14 days in primary bucket (I like my pee to be clear, cloudy pee is just unhealthy ).
Thank you!! You are correct, cloudy pee is a bad thing.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:42 PM   #1016
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Would it be OK to make skeeter pee on a slurry of premier cuvee that has 60g of french oak chips in it? I was planning on doing it but forgot about the chips. I wonder if they will give it a flavor or if they will be all used up? The wine has only been in primary for a week and I was planning on racking the wine off of the yeast and putting the pee on top...

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:23 PM   #1017
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Would it be OK to make skeeter pee on a slurry of premier cuvee that has 60g of french oak chips in it? I was planning on doing it but forgot about the chips. I wonder if they will give it a flavor or if they will be all used up? The wine has only been in primary for a week and I was planning on racking the wine off of the yeast and putting the pee on top...
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:22 PM   #1018
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Should I expect any strange flavors from the oak?
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:03 PM   #1019
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I don't have any experience with oak, but I can't see how it would hurt.

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Old 12-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #1020
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I posted this a while back, but it got lost. Does anyone have an opinion on this? Would it work to dump them all back into a bucket and add a packet of yeast?

"So I've tried a few bottles of SP and they are not carbonated at all after almost a month. Is it possible that the yeast was dead? I used dextrose at the normal amount (3/4 cup to 5 gallons) for bottling. Can this be fixed or should I just dump all those bottles into a keg? I hate to drink unfermented dextrose if there's an option."

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