Do not filter. All you will accomplish is clogging your filter.
That's the ONLY reason to make Welches wine...topping off!
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Some juice buckets are pre-innoculated with yeast.
And, some juice buckets do indeed have a one-way valve built into the lid.
I know this because...
Dont do it. This is wine...not beer.
No need, in fact, you can simply sprinkle the dry yeast on top and cover the fermenter with a loose lid or towel.
It's wine...not beer
Theres really no "primary vs secondary" with yeast. There's a vigerous fermentation and a slow fermentation.
If you just add better yeast, your...
I do rack to carboys after 6 weeks or so in the conical, but that is mostly due to my space constraints.
I added a dump valve to the bottom...
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Hydrometers measure EVERYTHING in the must, sugar, pulp, seeds, cat fur, flies, shoe dirt etc.
Try to get a sample strained through cheese cloth...
IMO, a viognier should not be made sur lee. Lots of commercial viogniers taste too much like a Chardonnay to me. I prefer the clean and crisp...
Island Mist kits are not fruit wine. They are regular grape wine, in your case, Cabernet, with a flavoring pack added after the wine ferments....
Have you never heard of extended maceration for kit wines? Fantastic results have been seen with 2 or 3 months on the Lee's.
Bubbles (or lack of) in an airlock mean absolutely nothing.
The only true measure of fermentation activity is dropping SG.
I use a BrewDemon, a clear 8 gallon conical fermenter similar to the FastFerment. It works great.
Here's what you need to do. Taste the sanitizing solution. If it has a taste, rinse it off.
Start directly over top of the bottle, about 6" away. Once the top shrinks, just roll the heat gun around to get the bottom tight.
14 days is not long. You could leave it for months in primary.
Use your hydrometer, not your calander.
Your filter is clogged. Never filter a cloudy wine, let it sit until you can see through it with a flashlight.
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