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Old 07-12-2012, 09:29 PM   #1
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I am new to the winemaking process and put my wine into 5 gallon carboy but it did not fill it to top. after about 2 weeks of fermenting i have notice what appers to be mold growing in the neck. DiD not know carboy had to be full with as little air space on it. so there was about 8 inches of air in it with airloc on top. is there anything i can do other than throw it out. Never came across anything that said to fill it up.

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Old 07-13-2012, 12:10 AM   #2
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I've read a few posts like this. You should always top off the carboy to about 4 inches below the bung. What was mentioned about the mold, is to carefully rack wine into a clean carboy without transfering any of the mold. Filtering it would help as well and top it up this time. I forget it you would need to add any more K-meta or sorbate. But don't throw out wine it should still be good.

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Old 07-13-2012, 05:04 AM   #3
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I very seriously doubt you have mold, two weeks is not that long of a time. Can you post up a pic?

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Always be sure the wine is up in the neck of the carboy. If you can't fill it completely and don't want to dilute it by topping up, you can add marbles or glass spheres to take up the space.

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I've had sediment/residue show up in the neck of a carboy that could be mistaken for mold but isn't. Not sure exactly what yours is but I agree with Julie that it's probably not mold.

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i am doing a strawberry wine with brown sugar and it foamed up to the airlock. When the foam went back down it left a brown residue from the dead yeast in the foam all around the neck. My wife thought the wine was moldy. You probably have a simular situation. While wine is fermenting you don't need to keep the space (ullage is the term) small as possible since the c02 is protecting the wine. I would just rack to a clean carboy and top up.

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Could be a protein ring that will form along the top. It is usually whitish in color.

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Thanks for all info. Will transfer and fill up this time. Cant post pic. wife accidently left camera in rain so not workin. Glad not mold. Did not read anywhere about filling up til other day when seen a few pics of others that had some troubles and thats when i noticed all their carboys were full. Always learning something new.

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This is pure blackberry juice. I started with 23 lbs. of blackberries. Wound up with about 4.5 gallons of blackberry juice. So when I add water to fill it up should not dilute to bad. Should I use regular tap water boiled then cooled, or distilled or something of that matter. Have run wine through 1 gallon paint filter the mesh plastic kind and when put back into carboy from 5 gallon bucket will filter through sterilized coffee filter. Have made sure everyting has been sterlized well. Thanks again for all the help.

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Don't use water to top up---divide it off to gallon jugs and smaller glassware. You have a great wine going, being done with all fruit. Don't ruin it with water. This is why it's important to have lots of sizes of different glassware. And always have marbles or glass spheres around to finish topping up the last jug.

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