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    wine fermentation not starting

    I think this is what made me nervous. The a few steps from the included directions were the opposite of what I had always done.
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    wine fermentation not starting

    my thermometer's batteries were dying and ended up dying by the end. the last reading i got was like 94 degrees and then topped with another 1 gallon with room temp water. if anything, it would have been slightly cooler than 90. In the past I have had it 100-110 degrees F without issues... as i...
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    wine fermentation not starting

    yeah, orchard breezin' mist kit. my wife ordered it. :-/ it is now 70 degrees or room temp. it was only 90 degrees when i added the yeast. i think patience was my problem. i ended up peaking in and it looks like it has started as there are a lot of bubbles on the surface... still nothing in...
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    wine fermentation not starting

    Started a 6 gallon box kit for a cabernet savignon about 15 hours ago. Starting SG was 1.060. Primary fermenter is a bucket under airlock. Stirred heavily before adding yeast. We just sprinkled the yeast (lavilin EC-1118) in to the must that was at ~90 degrees, without stirring. We used "spring...
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    mist wine

    ok thanks. i am just doing my first kit a orachard breezin and when i picked it out i didn't notice that there were other kits labeled mist wine.
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    mist wine

    if a kit says it is a mist wine, what does this mean?
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    first time

    what is this trick?
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    homemade degas'er

    ok, i will do this after i siphon off from lees.
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    homemade degas'er

    kind of hard to shake 6 gallons... and takes a lot of time to separate and shake separately. but i will look for long stainless steal spoon
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    homemade degas'er

    yeah, i am definitely going to skip buying one. We did stir for about 45 mins on and off after switching to secondary, but I am noticing now that there is still gas in it and plastic shavings from the spoon. It's at least worth a try! I guess I will learn the hard way ;)
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    plastic shavings in wine!

    thanks for the great advice
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    homemade degas'er

    i was concernted about this too... i think i might have found a solution (sincei couldn't find a stainless steal hanger). I stuck the hanger in a small plastic tube. I filled the sink up and it seems to work good at stirring water.. i will have to adjust it so that it does not hit the sides of...
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    homemade degas'er

    would this work, providing i sanitized it? i made it from an aluminum coat hanger. i am a poor college student and paying $20 for the commercial ones is kind of expensive for me.
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    plastic shavings in wine!

    so i was inspecting my wine today and noticed tiny plastic shavings floating on top and stuck to the sides of the glass carboy. i believe they came from a plastic stir rod that i used to degas- the friction between the rod and inlet of the carboy while stirring caused some of the plastic to rub...
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    topping off

    are glass marbles just as good as topping up with a similar wine?
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    Cleaning Equipment??

    is cleaning with soap and water (and brush for carboys) then rinsing with sulfite solution sufficient?
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    topping up

    yes, it is a spagnols orchard breezin' strawberry riesling kit. great, i was not sure if it would really be ready in that amount of time. glad to hear it is. have you made this kit before? did you like it? it is clearing fast! thanks for your advice... i will top up and bottle/drink...
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    topping up

    ok thanks. yeah, it was blocking whenever i would reply via clicking the "Post Reply" button a the bottom of the page. It did not block my posts when I clicked the quick reply buton.
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    topping up

    The SG was 0.998. It was bubbled about once every 5 mins for 2 days after sorbate and sulfites. Now, there is no activity. I mistyped before: it was actually 1 package of sulfites, 2 of sorbate. I thought the directions were weird too... it actually said "if your kit contains 2 packages of...
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    topping up

    Strawberry Riesling. How much sulfites do I add? I do not have the campden tablets... I have sodium metabisulfite powder... i have never made a kit before... it had me transfer from primary bucket to secondary carboy after day 14. I then added 2 packages of sulfites and potassium sorbate...
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