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  1. TikiWine

    Mixed fermentation

    So I gave a friend that has around 20 muscadine vines in the back to yard. They said i can use it. The only issue is they don't know which type of grapes they are and that tgereis a mix of red and white. Without knowing how to separate. Is it possible to ferment them all together or would I need...
  2. M

    Fermentation stopped

    I have a batch of wine "muscat" from juice - since October . At the beginning fermentation was good, density came from 1.045 to 1.020 but from November I move it in basement where was cold 50F and fermentation stopped. I transfered two times and now it's in the house at 70F. It's clear but very...
  3. ringmany

    Is it safe to develop mold on purpose for wine?

    Hi everyone, I've been following a recipe for making Sloe berry wine via BrewBitz. One of the suggestions is to basically add several lbs of sloe berries, boiling water, then leave it in a warm room for around 2 months. A thick, green mold forms on the top of the fermenter, which you then...
  4. TikiWine

    Primary Fermentation Bucket

    I am researching and getting ready to by my first equipment kit. This kit comes with a primary fermentation bucket of 20 gallons. I am wanting to start at making a 6 gallon concentrate kit and work up to must in larger quantities. I saw another thread that said a 12 gallon bucket is no problem...
  5. B

    Fermentation Plan; Racking; Oaking; One-Step Cleanser

    I’m only a few years into my wine making adventure so looking for all the help I can get! Has anyone used One Step to clean and sanitize equipment? I have always used b-brite and Kmeta in the past, but I want to keep sulfites low to allow for a better fermentation and MLF. Also curious if my...
  6. D

    Primary fermentation stuck?

    Hi, newbie here. I have done a couple of batches from kits before, no problem. This is my first improvised batch of 6 gallons from fresh wine juice (not concentrate) shipped from Italy. Starting SG was 1.072. Added two packets of K1-V1116 (directly into must, which I now realize was a...
  7. V

    Macro bin fermentation - how to keep fruit flies out

    Hello, We are a new start up winery and plan to ferment our reds in macro bins. For anyone that also does this, do you cover them to keep the fruit flies out? We purchased the macro bin screens but they seem so tight knit that they wouldn't allow enough oxygen flow - but I could be wrong...
  8. C

    Has primary fermentation ended?

    Hello everyone, I'm a first time poster and first time wine maker living in South Louisiana. Using Black Spanish from my backyard. Rain almost every day and afraid I was going to loose them. Very low sugar and very high acid. Got only 1 1/2 gals must. Blended sample tested 16.5 brix, 3.86 ph...
  9. F

    PawPaw’s recipe but...

    So my PawPaw was a simple man. Lived on a small farm till the day he died. He used to make wine using the following recipe: 1 quart 100% fruit juice, 1 cup of white sugar and 1/4 tsp of yeast. The anniversary of his death is approaching and I thought it might be fun to use his recipe and make a...
  10. R

    Blueberry wine - Lees in Secondary Fermentation Carboy and other issues

    Hello! I have been brewing a blueberry wine and have recently gone from the primary fermentation bucket to a secondary fermentation carboy (after ten days in the primary fermenter). The fermentation is going along very well, although I am a bit concerned that I waited a bit too long to rack...
  11. L

    Is it done fermenting yet? beginner here

    I am by no means an experienced winemaker. I have made 2 small gallon batches that were somewhat successful and I am on my 3rd. This is my first 5 gallon batch. I am making it using juice concentrate. I started this batch on 3/28 so it has been exactly a month now that it has been fermenting. I...
  12. ringmany

    Half full demijohn, will it cause issues in secondary fermentation?

    Hi everyone, I've been making some Plum wine. I've reached the secondary fermentation stage, so I've moved my wines into two, 1 gallon demijohns. There's less liquid than I thought there would be, so I wasn't able to fill the demijohn all the way. Here's a photo showing them both: So both...
  13. Forager

    Apple cider restarted fermenting?

    Hi guys, Got a bit of a weird situation. So I made a 3 gallon batch of apple cider last October and everything went smoothly. It's still in the secondary carboy now (March 17th) and I was planning to bottle it today. However I noticed that there are suddenly bubbles coming up again. Not a lot...
  14. C

    Fermentation Question ?

    Hi. I'm wondering if it would be alright to not ferment a Fruit Wine totally dry to S.G. 1.000 instead stop the fermentation at S.G. 1.020 to save myself the back-sweeten process. For example start with S.G. 1.120 and stop at S.G. 1.020 or even a little less depending on the sweetness. This...
  15. J

    Fermentation Won't Start

    Hi all, I'm in the midst of attempting to ferment a Pinot Noir drum of my first frozen must but am now worried as I haven't been able to get fermentation to start. I know similar instances have been written about in these forums before but everything I've found seems to pertain to stuck...
  16. S

    Fermentation Question

    Hi, new to wine making and have started a muntons rose wine kit. I have followed the instructions but have hit a brick wall. Fermentation was going strong and bubbling away. After 3 days I topped up the 4.5L tub to a gallon and fermentation has stopped but I have taken two SG Readings. Week...
  17. J

    Cranberry Wine Folly

    I am a wine making newbie and have ventured on to my second batch of wine which happens to be a cranberry wine. I am second guessing making this wine at such an early stage in the learning process as I am having a terrible time getting it to ferment. I am day 5 and have been making adjustments...
  18. J

    Cranberry Wine Folly

    I am a wine making newbie and have ventured on to my second batch of wine which happens to be a cranberry wine. I am second guessing making this wine at such an early stage in the learning process as I am having a terrible time getting it to ferment. I am day 5 and have been making...
  19. D

    Pineapple wine not bubbling?

    I just started my second batch of pineapple wine about 5 days ago and I'm having the same problem I had with my first batch: the airlock isn't bubbling. Have any of you experienced this with pineapple? The first batch used canned pineapples with Cotes de Blanc yeast. The fermentation seemed...
  20. C

    Stuck Fermentation?

    Hi everyone! I am new to this forum and to winemaking, but the lessons I have learned from everyone here have been fantastic. I'm hoping that you can shed some light on what my next steps should be with a kit that seems to have stalled. I bought the Montepulciano, Vino Italian kit on...
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