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    Back sweetening with juice?

    Since it's not changed in the last 10 weeks, should I add a few grains of yeast to kick it, or add a couple tablespoons of juice....or, just let it ride as is and check it in a month?
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    Back sweetening with juice?

    I believe it is 1.o2. Here's my reading
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    Back sweetening with juice?

    Batch was started 12-27-20, racked to gallon jugs on 1-1-21. Started at 1.08 SG. Racked 2-5-21 at sg 1.02.
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    Back sweetening with juice?

    I racked my Niagara wine on 2-5-21. S.G. 1.02. It's clear, with no visible co2 coming off. I tested S.G. and it's still at 1.02. I like the taste and the aftertaste is great. It's dryer than I would want it so I thought of sweetening it and bottling it. Can I use white grape juice to sweeten it...
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    Looks like I wasted a small fortune on winemaking gear!

    I like your comment. Today's generation AND its immediate predecessor know very little about patience. I'm 74 and just learning what it takes to make a good wine. I'm ready to bottle my first attempt that I made from my own Niagara grapes. I'll see if this old duffer has paid attention to...
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    Primary fermentation question

    Starting another batch isn't a bad idea. I've got 6 pounds of red plums in the freezer. Do you have a recipe for a one gallon plum wine?
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    Primary fermentation question

    The wine might be patient but I'm sure not. However, thank you for your encouragement and guidance. I'll do another test in a month and see what happens.
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    Primary fermentation question

    The commercial wine was dark. I started adding it, but by then it was too late. As to the sweetness, it was very pleasant. Not really "sweet", more of an off dry. How about I let it sit a month, then test SG again. If it's still stuck, I can add the yeast and nutrients. Would that be a...
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    Primary fermentation question

    Started January 1 with Szg of 1.082. 1-6 racked to jugs with SG of 1.06. Today racked off sediment and SG is 1.022. Wine has the full aroma of the grapes and is wonderful. I did top off the partial jug with some 2003 Niagara frok Oak Knolls. As you can see by the picture, it turned fairly...
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    Primary fermentation question

    Ok, I think I'm ready to rack to get rid of the sediment. No CO2 activities and the wine is pretty clear, however I am still cloudy on how to proceed. If I understand the process, I would open one jug and take out enough wine to take my hydrometer reading. Record the reading then finish...
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    Primary fermentation question

    Thank you. I looked closely at the wine and very tiny bubbles of CO2 are still rising. I think it's just my eagerness to get my first taste. I'll wait another couple weeks then reconsider racking.
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    Primary fermentation question

    Thank you, this was a very helpful comment. I think I'll get sta
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    Primary fermentation question

    Should I top them off with Niagara juice?
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    Primary fermentation question

    I really appreciate all the comments here and have helped my foray into wine making be very exciting. Now I have another question. I racked the Niagara wine into my gallon jugs on the 6th of the month. It seems like it's not time to rack again, but I have about an inch of sediment in each jug...
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    Primary fermentation question

    My wine is at 1.056, it's Niagara. It's not foaming anymore and I was beginning to get concerned about it being exposed to the air. Since it's not foaming and there appears to be little danger of blowing the top off my air locks, should I rack it into gallon jugs and keep it in a cooler room? I...
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    Primary fermentation question

    Thank you, I'll follow your advice.
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    Primary fermentation question

    If it doesn't, should I toss another yeast?
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    Primary fermentation question

    Yes, sorry. Just learning how to read the Hydrometer. 1.082
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    Primary fermentation question

    I started this on 12-27 with an SG of 1.112. Today I removed the bag with the lees, and when I tested the juice that came out of the filter bag it came in at .82. Should I wait a day to check foaming before moving to gallon jugs for secondary fermentation?
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