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bfonta000

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i did take a reading, no change, if anything it went up and not down...oh well, I am just gonna wait till the fall and make a hard cider
 

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i did take a reading, no change, if anything it went up and not down...oh well, I am just gonna wait till the fall and make a hard cider
sounds delicious! i am planning a spiced apple wine. getting apples in the freezer and ready! be sure and let us know how this goes. i love cider
 

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freezing apples first? I am gonna goto my local orchard and get fresh squeezes cider as my starting point
 

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natural source of pot. sorbate

I havent made blueberry wine personally but I understand blueberries can contain natural amounts of potassium sorbate, which is used to stabilize (read kill yeast off in) wine. I am not sure what chemical you could use to remove or counter the natural sorbate in the berries. It sounds to me that this is exactly what your problem was however.
 

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Actually its Benzoate not sorbate but same principle. There isnt really a chemical that can be added to negate this but making a strong yeast starter and feeding the yeast god with nutrient and energizer usually works well.
 

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untreated how? I thought fresh pressed is watching them load apples in and watching them press the 5 gallons for me.
 

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