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Posted in thread: Mixing 1st batch of red on 08-23-2015 at 11:55 AM
I never heard of anyone aerating wine.Some claim that the yeast get a better start by aerating
the must gently for the first couple of days. I also think that some setteling of the grape
solids may ke...
Posted in thread: Mixing 1st batch of red on 08-22-2015 at 11:31 PM
You are confusing aeration (necessary for good yeast activity) with degassing (which is done
well after the fermentation is complete).Gentle stirring for a few days, wait until step 3 hard
Posted in thread: first wine kit fermenter question on 08-05-2015 at 01:18 PM
It will work, but it will be a PIA getting in there to stir, check SG, add chemicals, pour the
juice in, etc. Also, yeast needs air to start and a carboy chokes off the air supply.A blow-off
tube and ...
Posted in thread: island mist blackberry kit on 08-04-2015 at 12:50 PM
Go by time or by hydrometer reading, whatever is longer.Those kits seem to finish very fast, so
5 - 7 days is not unusual at all.
Posted in thread: island mist blackberry kit on 08-03-2015 at 01:25 PM
Those kits are hard to beat for "quick, ungodly sweet" drinks.It really isn't blackberry,
though. They are generally a generic white wine base with an artificially berry flavored gunk
added after ferm...
Posted in thread: Did I add metabisulfite at the wrong time? on 07-31-2015 at 11:01 PM
Now or later...doesn't really matter. As long as every other racking (3 months or so) gets
Posted in thread: Bottle Bomb's - how to proceed on 07-28-2015 at 04:31 PM
Metabisulfite doesn't prevent re-fermentation. You need sorbate and sulfites together to do
Posted in thread: Oak chips Vs. Oak Essence on 07-22-2015 at 12:41 AM
Can you put long oak staves in there?
Posted in thread: Kit Question on 07-18-2015 at 08:08 PM
The finings in the kit are attracted to particles in the wine and those particles keep
attracting other particles until they get heavy enough to sink to the bottom. Guess the
stirring up stsrtsvthe pr...
Posted in thread: First Batch...did I destroy it? on 07-17-2015 at 12:38 AM
Meta dissapates over time, youll be fine.