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  1. DonnyDarko19

    Airlock issues

    As all of the above have recommended, it's best to use a bucket or large fermenter with extra space when doing primary fermentation. When making wine from grapes, I use a large, 20-gallon fermenter (basically a food grade trash can) that is only filled about half way for my smaller batches. This...
  2. DonnyDarko19

    Purchasing Spring Grapes - Denver, CO

    Thanks for the tip! If I'm able to find a source for South African grapes, I'll keep that recommendation in mind! You mentioned that you have a source for Chilean and South African grapes. Do you also use M&M or do you use a different distributor? If they are closer to Colorado than M&M, it may...
  3. DonnyDarko19

    Purchasing Spring Grapes - Denver, CO

    I checked their website and it turns out they do have a local distributor not far from here. However, from their website, it looks like they only source California grapes in the Fall or am I mistaken? Also, the local distributor is a winery that also only produces wine from California grapes...
  4. DonnyDarko19

    Purchasing Spring Grapes - Denver, CO

    Hi all, I live in Denver, CO and am trying to find a source for grapes (from Chile, Argentina, etc.) to be shipped here this Spring. So far, I've contacted M&M to see what pricing would be. However, due to the smaller quantities I'm interested in ordering, they only offer 6 gallon buckets of...
  5. DonnyDarko19

    Malolactic Fermentation Help

    Thanks for the advice! It's good to know that there may not be signs of fermentation. I will monitor the progress with some malic acid strips. I have ordered some freeze dried CH16 and some Opti-Malo. They arrive Thursday and I may go ahead and do ass you suggest and add them. And thanks for the...
  6. DonnyDarko19

    Malolactic Fermentation Help

    Thanks so much for the advice! I have read on this forum (after the fact) that people have had issues with liquid MLB. I will be sure to use the freeze dried type from now on as it seems to be more reliable. I will get the temperature up to 75 and monitor its progress. I have already ordered...
  7. DonnyDarko19

    Malolactic Fermentation Help

    I had a question about MLF. After a week of fermenting 100 lbs of merlot grapes with EC-1118, I pressed my grapes on Friday and racked off the gross lees on Sunday. I have not added any sulfites since the crush. When I racked on Sunday, I had to top off with a similar store bought wine. 3...
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