- Aug 6, 2018
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Both fermenters are humming right along although the batch with d80 took a bit longer to really get going. SG at 1.070 on the d80 and 1.060 on d254. Both smell great. Added Fermaid K this evening and may dose with Fermaid O tomorrow morning before work. So far so good!My 2019 crush went great on Saturday. Field blend of 57% Cab, 28% Merlot and 15% Cab Franc, 7 lugs total. Split evenly and decided to use D254 in 1 fermenter and D80 in the other with the intent in blending both together post mlf . Co-inoculated vp-41 mlb this morning, 24 hours after I pitched the yeast. All going smoothly thus far. Original numbers were sg 1.102, ph 3.66 so I didn’t adjust anything. Will see where numbers shake out after fermentation. This is year 2 for crusher/destemmer and went even smoother than last year. More to follow as things progress.
I had Zin at 26 brix this year and I added a little acidified water to the must.This morning I picked up some Nebbiola to blend with the Norton and Sangiovese for the Alicante. The Nebbiola was 27.5 bix. I haven't yet measured the pH but is 27.5 too high? I never had fruit with this high a brix.
A SG of 1.12 equates to a BRIX of 28.1, 26 BRIX equates to a SG of 1.11, so something is slightly amiss there. A 26 BRIX must that ferments down to .995 would give you an ABV in the 15.7% range, a 28 BRIX would give you around 17%. In either case, pretty high ABV for a Zinfandel...............My SG was 1.12, which I felt was going to make too much alcohol.
Day 4 and fermentation progressing nicely, albeit slower than in years past. The d254 is at 1.040 and d80 at 1.060 as of this morning. I suspect a direct result of the high starting SG of 1.102. I added a 3rd dose of Fermaid O last night as well. The goal is to press this weekend.Both fermenters are humming right along although the batch with d80 took a bit longer to really get going. SG at 1.070 on the d80 and 1.060 on d254. Both smell great. Added Fermaid K this evening and may dose with Fermaid O tomorrow morning before work. So far so good!