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Snowbird

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Instead of adding all the sugar a recipe calls for I should go with half and take a reading. My question is when I add the sugar to my must, do I take a reading immediatly ? Or let it sit awhile? I making Muscadine and there's gonna be pulp in it will that make a difference on my hydrometer?
 
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Sacalait

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Add using a simple syrup and your problems are solved, the sugar is already dissolved.
 

Tom

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Simple syrup is the easiest. It's much harder for sugar to dissolve in room temp must.
 

Luc

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Agreed with all above.

For a hydrometer reading sieve a part of the must through a
coffee filter. That should do the trick.

Or give yourself a present: buy a refractometer
that just needs a drop of must !!!

Luc
 

docanddeb

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kitchen strainer

You can also partially submerge a fine gauge kitchen strainer... usually has a handle on it... the juice that is within that basket is what you suck out and test... I use a turkey baster.

Good Luck!
Debbie
 

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