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Bossbaby

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Hey gang! I've decided to try mlf for the 1st time on 16 gal of petite pearl that is just wrapping up primary at 1.006 . I have a pack of Viniflora Oenos and Acti-ml nutrient, My question is it best to add this now or press when completely dry and then add? Any help would be great.. Thanks.
 

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Ask 6 winemakers this question get seven opinions. Either way is fine and works. I don't think they are compelling reasons to pick one over the other. I prefer the wait, but only because that's what I do.
The package is good for 66 gal would it hurt to dump the whole thing in, I wont be making another red grape wine this year so wont need it otherwise how much would you add for 16 gal the directions on line are a little vague as far as I can tell.
 

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The package is good for 66 gal would it hurt to dump the whole thing in, I wont be making another red grape wine this year so wont need it otherwise how much would you add for 16 gal the directions on line are a little vague as far as I can tell.
Just add all of it. If you are not making another wine in the next few weeks, it won't be good anyway. So toss it in, it's fine.

I have, on occasion, tossed in half, then vacuum sealed and back in the freezer for a few weeks, but would not trust beyond that. You can't add too much.
 

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The sooner you pitch the MLF the sooner it will complete. Numerous studies have shown that some degree of co-innoculation is safe and actually will speed up mlf and likely produce more aroma and flavor. That has been my experience. I know some older rightings on the subject indicated early inoculations of mlf could cause problems but all the science I read lately says no.
 

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The sooner you pitch the MLF the sooner it will complete. Numerous studies have shown that some degree of co-innoculation is safe and actually will speed up mlf and likely produce more aroma and flavor. That has been my experience. I know some older rightings on the subject indicated early inoculations of mlf could cause problems but all the science I read lately says no.
I hope all goes well I mixed up a nutrient starter , added to must and sprinkled the mlb, stirred it all up in the Brute, is it then safe to press when dry and then rack off Lee's a couple of days later?
 

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I hope all goes well I mixed up a nutrient starter , added to must and sprinkled the mlb, stirred it all up in the Brute, is it then safe to press when dry and then rack off Lee's a couple of days later?
 

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I would press when you think its appropriate. Could be a week or a month depending what you going for. Before I racked off lees I would wait to see if MLF is still going. Give it a stir once in a while to keep MLF in suspension. MLF will take a bit longer then th AF did and the lees will help feed it. Just don't leave on gross lees for too long or you can get some nasty stuff starting
 

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Stirring aka "Battonage" can also help round out the wine. Improve mouth feel. But only a bit early in process.
 
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