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Old 02-07-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default Fermenting pyment brown?

I have a concord pyment that has been fermenting for a month or so. Used Concord grape juice, clover honey, Kv1116, energizer, nutrient and pectin enzyme, plus the juice of half a lemon.

This started a super deep redish purple(Welches concord juice). It started quite high gravity(1.130 if I remember correctly), it was stirred daily for the first 5 days, at which point gravity was taken, it was air locked and hasn't been touched for weeks. I noticed today it's looking brown. Still actively fermenting and smells great.

Why is this brown? There is virtually no head space and it has been actively fermenting. No air contact at all.

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Old 02-08-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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It seems that there was a similiar problem in the wine making forums where over time the juice from pressed concord grapes turned brown due to oxidation. You may be experiencing this same problem through aerating the must; however, it may not be a problem when its done.

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Thanks for the reply. I racked it into secondary last night, it smells and tastes great, so I'll just wait it out and hope for the best.

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Update, as this slows down and thinks about clearing the brown is dropping out. The lees at the bottom are brown and the liquid is returning to the deep purple it was originally.

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Old 02-25-2013, 07:57 PM   #5
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That color will go away when you bottle condition it

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