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Old 05-14-2012, 03:31 PM   #201
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This thread caught my attention about a week ago, so I decided to put this on my list of things to make next. Well, now I'm committed. I just picked up 15 lbs of perfect over ripe bananas at a farmers market. Can't wait to try it.

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Old 05-16-2012, 09:03 AM   #202
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I made a 5 gallon batch, any idea around how much wine I'll need to top off with to replace the 5lbs of raisins?

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Hey...

I racked my second batch (4 gallons) onto 4 lbs of raisins and nothing happened. So I poured a packet of wine yeast on top.

Still nothing...

I'm tempted to rehydrate another packet and try again, but before I do I wondered if there was something stupid I'm not thinking of. There is no airlock activity (glass carboy and stopper with S airlock) and not bubbles rising, no "krausen" (or whatever the wine equivalent is) or anything. The yeast seems to have dropped down on top of the raisins in a small patch.

I kind of expected this thing to start up again like crazy. I bought the yeast back in November IIRC and it's been stored in a fridge the whole time.

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:31 PM   #204
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I made a 5 gallon batch, any idea around how much wine I'll need to top off with to replace the 5lbs of raisins?
No clues- I never measured or noticed.

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Hey...

I racked my second batch (4 gallons) onto 4 lbs of raisins and nothing happened. So I poured a packet of wine yeast on top.

Still nothing...

I'm tempted to rehydrate another packet and try again, but before I do I wondered if there was something stupid I'm not thinking of. There is no airlock activity (glass carboy and stopper with S airlock) and not bubbles rising, no "krausen" (or whatever the wine equivalent is) or anything. The yeast seems to have dropped down on top of the raisins in a small patch.

I kind of expected this thing to start up again like crazy. I bought the yeast back in November IIRC and it's been stored in a fridge the whole time.
It's possible that you've reached the yeast strain's alcohol tolerance. What have your SG readings been?
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No clues- I never measured or noticed.



It's possible that you've reached the yeast strain's alcohol tolerance. What have your SG readings been?
I have no idea. I wasn't planning on taking a reading until the raisins started finishing up. The last batch chugged through so well I figured it would be fine. It's entirely possible that this yeast has a lower limit. I *Think* I used Montrachet for the first batch, and this stuff is Cotes De Blanc.

Hopefully I'll get a few minutes this weekend to play with it. I gotta bust out the hydrometer for my IPA when I add dry hops and I want to check the IIPA that has stalled before I rack to a Fire Extinguisher and add Brett.
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Well I took a reading at lunch. The hydrometer says 1.000. Too bad I don't know what the OG was. I kind of just threw the stuff in a bucket and let it rip.

On the plus side, it didn't taste too bad at all. Lightly sweet and with enough tartness to balance well. I'm not really a wine guy, but I could probably drink it as it is.

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Bananas are simmering as I type. The house smells great. I can't believe I'll have to wait 2 years to drink the finished product, but I have a feeling it will be well worth it.

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Bananas are simmering as I type. The house smells great. I can't believe I'll have to wait 2 years to drink the finished product, but I have a feeling it will be well worth it.
How many bananas did it take you to meet the required amount? I only asked because I have a bunch of frozen bananas and no scale
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:57 AM   #209
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How many bananas did it take you to meet the required amount? I only asked because I have a bunch of frozen bananas and no scale
I'm sorry, I wish I could help you out, but I didn't count them. I'm doing a 4 gallon batch. If I was just doing a one gallon batch I would probably remember, but after chopping 15 lbs of bananas I have not even a guess as to how many you would need. Sorry about that.
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Lol thanks anyways

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