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Old 09-03-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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Alright I just racked some wine from primary to sec. And it doesn't taste very strong at all. The sugar has definetely been converted but i just can't taste much alcohol. I didn't put any nutrients or anything in it I just kept it very basic as this is my first batch of wine. I am currently adding sugar to the wine in hopes that the remaining yeast will make more alcohol in there. Is there anything else I should do? Perhaps repitch some yeast?

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Old 09-03-2014, 10:41 PM   #2
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Also when I took a reading my triple scale hydrometer just dropped straight to the bottom. It's in a 2 gal bucket

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Old 09-03-2014, 10:41 PM   #3
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What are your SG's?

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Like I said the hydrometer just drops to the bottom.

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After I added the sugar it floated. It's at 1.022.

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You can put your hydrometer in a hydrometer cylinder to read small volumes. Is all you want is lots of alcohol keep feeding it sugar. What yeast did you use? WVMJ

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Old 09-03-2014, 11:32 PM   #7
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Red star champagne yeast

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Red star champagne yeast
When making wine, the goal isn't for it to taste boozy- it should taste like wine. It sounds done, except that you added more sugar so it should start fermenting again.

You need to use a turkey baster or something, sanitize it, and put it in a test jar (or the tube the hydrometer came in) and float the hydrometer.

I assume you have this wine in two one-gallon sized jugs, as I've never seen a 2 gallon carboy before. But if not, and there is a lot of headspace, rack to a vessel with almost no headspace at all, like two one-gallon jugs, and make sure to airlock it.
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I racked from one 2 gallon bucket to another. After adding sugar there was a little less than an inch of air space.

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And I don't want it "boozy", but I know wine ain't supposed to have just 5% alcohol.

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