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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Starting brix was 13.5. So I knew it was too low. Unfortunately i did not take a brix reading right after adding sugar. I added the recommended amount of sugar for a gallon, which was 1.5g per gallon to raise 1 brix. I added about 4.5ozs to raise about 3 brix. I dont think I added too much...
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Update. After racking the other day and removing over 1" of sediment, I now see what I assume is yeast suspended in the carboy, its a bit more milky than it was for the first two or 3 days it say in the carboy, at that point it was completely clear with all sediment on bottom. but still no...
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    When i started primary my brix was somewhat low 15.5. The yeast is ec-1118.
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    So I decided to add a half teaspoon of yeast nutrient the other night, assuming it was stuck. Dissolved it in a small amount of distilled water and added it, then mixed it up well, but it did anything. So tonight I decided to rack. I had over 1 inch of sediment in the carboy. There was still...
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Thanks for all the great help everyone! So I started my primary fermentation early morning 8/20/18 and checked my specific gravity on 8/23/18 to find it at 1.004 . I think the yeast finished the job some time ago beacause I saw no foaming or any signs of fermentation on 8/23/18 when I decided to...
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Harvested all my grapes. 9lbs of grapes to start. About 5 after picking out the trash. About a gallon after crushing. Ph at 3.2 and brix at 15.5. I added one camden tablet. Going to wait 12 hours then add some pectic enzyme, maybe some tannins, not sure how much, then another 12 hours add the...
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Went to the local shop again to get some tartaric acid. They told me not to add it unless my ph was too high. I told them it was 3.4 and they said they're ready. Then i told them my brix is at 14 and they said well then ypu need to wait until it is at least 18. Then may be add sugar. Seemed they...
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    so I found an online calculator that help me figure out how much sugar I need to add, it came out to be about 2 lb 130z to get from 14 brix to 20. I will measure my brakes again after I harvest just to make sure but I wanted to ask how do you guys recommend me adding the sugar? since it is a...
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Ok thanks guys ill go ahead and pick tonight. We will see where were at then.
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Thanks for all the great advice! I just got a Dr. Meter ph meter from Amazon. Calibrated it eight away and testes some grapes. Came up to be on 3.4. Im afraid to take more samples to test brix as it takes quite a bit and i don't have much left. But I kind of have to now again do i not? Since i...
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Thanks for tall the great information from everyone. I went out and purchased a ph meter, the only one i found locally seemed to be for soil, but I was told it works for liquids as well. When I measured a small sample of my must it was ph 2.0...not sure if the meter isnt great or if thats true...
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Ok. Ill go out and get a meter today. How much sugar so you think I'd need? I came up with a rediculous number. What should my ph read in your opinion?
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    First time making wine, need help knowing if my grapes are ready for harvest!

    Hello! So I've had a few vines growing over a canopy in my yard for over 8 years now. Finally decided to do something with them. They are a wine variety white grape, but I do not remember what type exactly...I've been going back and forth with a local brewing supply store for most of my...
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