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Old 03-16-2011, 12:30 AM   #1
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So I've had my Skeeter Pee going now for a while. I Racked, Stabilized, added Fining per the recipe a little over 2 weeks ago. Pulled a sample last night to measure for back-sweetening (have had no change in SG). As I was checking I found what looks to be "Yeast Rockets" and some bubbling. No where near enough to move the airlock. But now and again I can see decent bubbles coming up and sometimes they have a chuck of sediment. This "Yeast Rocket" leaves a trail thru the wine and once it breaks the surface drops back down. I def noticed it again tonight and I haven't touched it yet. I've got my syrup ready to back-sweeten but held off till I could get check. Is this a normal function?



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Old 03-16-2011, 01:43 AM   #2
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Not normal. Are you sure it stabilized properly?



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Old 03-16-2011, 02:04 AM   #3
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Did you do anything to degas your Skeeter Pee? Could it be trapped CO2 finding its way out of the liquid? You can test it by getting a small bottle, filling it half full, then shaking it with your thumb over the top. If you get a ppffffftt sound when you release your thumb, you likely have gas. Be down-side is that this test doesn't mean that there aren't yeast in there still actively producing more CO2.

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Well i believe I stabilized properly. I did not get any more drop in SG since I stabilized.
But this is only the 3rd batch of wine I've done. I did NOT degas, and have been looking for a vacuum pump (thought I had one around and it has not turned up). It makes sense to me that if the last of the Yeast down in the lees are finishing up then I could be getting bubbles here and there , some of which lifts the sediment. I've got good bed of lees from racking and fining. Perhaps I should rack off that, backsweeten and give it a couple days. I was just hoping to bottle this weekend.

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WHOA BABY!! pickedup a degassing wand from my LHBS... gave that baby a couple of whirls w/ the hand drill and you'ld think I opened up a shaken can of soda! Guess I really did need to degas. I shook a sample and it didn't seem like alot... but I guess when you get 5 gals going... it adds up!

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WHOA BABY!! pickedup a degassing wand from my LHBS... gave that baby a couple of whirls w/ the hand drill and you'ld think I opened up a shaken can of soda! Guess I really did need to degas. I shook a sample and it didn't seem like alot... but I guess when you get 5 gals going... it adds up!

Where would your LHBS be if you don't mind me asking?

Sketter pee is next on my list. What did you end up using for your lemon juice?
Most of the ones in the store have preservatives.
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I hit Saratoga Zymurgist (http://www.saratogaz.com/)
Reed is a great guy and he's got good prices. They are located near the brewery in Saratoga. If you head towards I87 they are down off Excelsior. It's a TINY shop on the side of EBI beverage. Check out the website. I haven't looked for any in G'ville area.
The other "locals" are in Latham and Renselear, so they don't do you much good.

As for lemon I used the Walmart brand figuring it wouldn't be much differnet. You'll find some preservatives in most lemon juice unless you squeeze it yourself. I'm going to try the Real Lemon brand with my next batch

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Where would your LHBS be if you don't mind me asking?

Sketter pee is next on my list. What did you end up using for your lemon juice?
Most of the ones in the store have preservatives.
Bottled lemon juice almost always has preservatives. If you follow the recipe from the website, your yeast will power through those preservatives. I don't recommend fresh squeezed lemon juice. While you won't have added preservatives, the natural elements in the juice make it harder to ferment than the bottled stuff. The name brand stuff (Realemon) makes a good product, but lots of people have made it with generic brands too.
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Where would your LHBS be if you don't mind me asking?

Sketter pee is next on my list. What did you end up using for your lemon juice?
Most of the ones in the store have preservatives.
Bottled lemon juice almost always has preservatives. If you follow the recipe from the website, your yeast will power through those preservatives. I don't recommend fresh squeezed lemon juice. While you won't have added preservatives, the natural elements in the juice make it harder to ferment than the bottled stuff. The name brand stuff (Realemon) makes a good product, but lots of people have made it with generic brands too.

If you haven't been to the website, check it out. There's a FAQ page that will answer most of your questions. skeeterpee.com
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AND... as Lon always says...

If you don't follow the directions and something goes wrong... don't be surprised!!

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