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billdini 01-17-2012 10:15 PM

skeeter pee question
How would I push % up? Should I use more enegizer and nutrient? How do I tell what levels to maintain on either? If you have any info on how to push % in any wine using ec-1118 I would like to hear from you. I'd like to max the %.

Daedolon 01-19-2012 01:27 AM

The simple answer is to add more sugar. Yeast energizer or nutrient will simply dry it out faster, not make it drier. The real question, however, is why? This stuff will knock you on your rear, regardless. And it has the potential, if too much stronger, to hide the lemon flavor and just come through as ... alcohol.

Beware of adding all the sugar at once - high gravity brews can get stuck. Think of doing a stepped addition to the additional sugar, if need be.

Also, be aware of what yeast you are using, and the tolerance of said yeast.

Tw0fish 01-19-2012 02:17 AM

1) adequate nutrient (it dont take much)
2) adequate sugar (some three-scale hydrometers have "potential abv" hashmarks as well as SG.. if not, math it out)
3) adequate time. As the yeast approaches its limits, more and more of it is gonna poop out and go dormant.. you may be increasing the ferment time significantly.

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