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Old 09-23-2017, 09:57 PM   #1
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Yesterday My apartment was broken into and along with every electronic thing that can fit in a backpack, they stole my vinmetrica sc300. I had it right by the door on the way to show a buddy of mine, and wouldn't you know it, I came home to a smashed window, and open back door.

Enough whining: TODAY I picked up my grapes and have them in cold soak, but have nothing to rest besides a graduated cylinder and hydrometers. The sugar seems good to start (over 1090) but I may bring it up a bit. I have no clue for ph or TA. Should I just go ahead and adjust after fermentation? What will I miss? It's not that easy to get ahold of another vinmetrica that quickly....

Thanks for your help!

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Old 09-24-2017, 06:15 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear that. Since you were taking it to show a buddy I assume it was new. Terrible timing I hope your insurance takes care of it though.

 
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Old 09-24-2017, 06:53 AM   #3
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If you have your heart set on knowing your numbers, you could always pick up a cheaper ph meter to do pH and TA... at least till you can get it all sorted out.
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Old 09-24-2017, 08:20 AM   #4
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maybe your grape supplier would know the basic numbers, you'd at least have a rough idea where your starting point was.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:26 AM   #5
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Yesterday My apartment was broken into and along with every electronic thing that can fit in a backpack, they stole my vinmetrica sc300.

Bummer! Somewhere there is a fella who is going to make some awfully good pruno some day!
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:33 AM   #6
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If you watch eBay, you'll probably see your sc300 come up for sale.

 
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Old 09-24-2017, 04:17 PM   #7
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Been watching all online dumping grounds, but nothing has come up yet. Too many things to list. I used another friend's meter and am getting 3.8. Is that too high? This is my first year really caring about numbers (thus the vinmetrica) but I don't really know where to go from there... I have a small bag of tartaric acid, but need to read a lot more, I guess....

 
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:05 PM   #8
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Bummer about your meter. Not knowing the friend's meter, if you believe it, you might want to adjust if a white grape. If red you are, in my opinion, on the bubble. I'd leave it and see where it goes. Lots of great high pH reds out there. You can adjust later if you must.
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:24 PM   #9
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Im looking for an sc-300 as well, i check ebay everyday as well as a bunch of other sites, if i see one come up in your area i will post here.

 
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Been watching all online dumping grounds, but nothing has come up yet. Too many things to list. I used another friend's meter and am getting 3.8. Is that too high? This is my first year really caring about numbers (thus the vinmetrica) but I don't really know where to go from there... I have a small bag of tartaric acid, but need to read a lot more, I guess....
It may be too late, but I'd adjust .1 or .2 pH pre ferment. Not a big deal letting it go as well. Most my wines are up in this range, but I lose .1-.2 going through fermentation, mlf, so I'd rather start lower than 3.8 so that I end at 3.8, but I don't add more than 1 gram per liter as an adjustment.

 
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