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Old 10-15-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Well my California shipment come on....6gal of Merlot and 6 gal of Sauvignon blanc from a Cali vinyard. I will post progress as we go along. So far just took off lids and replaced with air seal lids, added proper yeast and also to the Merlot I added roasted French Oak chips wrapped in cheese cloth to the mix for a bit of a smoked oak flavor. We shall see how this goes. I sually let ferment in this primary stage for 2 weeks time. Any other suggestions??? Do I need to check on the SG levels or is 2 weeks a good time and then move to secondary???

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Sounds great. Can you tell me where you sourced the must from. My wife is very fond of Cali wines and I'd like to start a few of these myself.
I'm a newbie but I would check SG prior to move.
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The merlot was already pressed? I've never bought red wine juice, just grapes, so I didn't know it came already pressed. I have bought white grape juice before.

I usually keep wines in primary 5-7 days before racking to secondary and topping up and airlocking. I don't airlock my primary, unless there are fruitflies around, as it makes it a pain to remove the lids and stir down the cap twice per day, so I just cover with a towel for primary to make that job a bit easier.

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Sounds great. Can you tell me where you sourced the must from. My wife is very fond of Cali wines and I'd like to start a few of these myself.
I'm a newbie but I would check SG prior to move.
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Yea this was just juice...it came from a wine supply store here in PA....he orders shipments by the 6gal bucket....so I got 6 gal of each juice. So far so good. But as far as was vinyard it come from I do not know...was just told it was Cali juices.
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The merlot was already pressed? I've never bought red wine juice, just grapes, so I didn't know it came already pressed. I have bought white grape juice before.

I usually keep wines in primary 5-7 days before racking to secondary and topping up and airlocking. I don't airlock my primary, unless there are fruitflies around, as it makes it a pain to remove the lids and stir down the cap twice per day, so I just cover with a towel for primary to make that job a bit easier.
Yes they were both already pressed...it come from the vinyard already in the 6gal buckets of juices. It come on a large shipment the supply store ordered in of 6gal buckets from Cali. There was about 20 different reds & whites to pick from. I will keep you all posted on the process. The Merlot started fermentation right away...it took the S Blanc like 2 days longer before it started to do anything. Planing to rack this wkend into the carboys. Pics will be coming.
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Nice and when its racked to a carboy you end up with 2 new 6 gal primary buckets.

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After 14 days in the Primary...I racked it into the 6 gal carboys. Now wait for another round of racking. But here are some of the pics from last nights Garage Winery.

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How long should I wait for the next racking??? 2 weeks??? Im not used to doing this from juice stage...usually mine has alot more heavy must with it. I usually have to rack in every week for the first 3 weeks usually

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I'm about at the same stage with my first 2 batches of wine.

Did you top them off? If yes what did you use?

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I'm about at the same stage with my first 2 batches of wine.

Did you top them off? If yes what did you use?
I did have to put about 24 oz in each one...I just use tap water that I boil and let cool...then add it.
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