- Dec 12, 2019
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New to the forum and to wine making. Hoping to find lots of answers and some help along the way!
Are you doing a kit, fresh grapes, a juice bucket or some kind of fruit wine?So much to read... I just need to know what I do next.... I am getting ready to take an SG reading and will post back. No idea about ph....trying to read up on it....
welcome to your own thread.Thanks! Was just reading on ph levels and do not have anything to test with... was getting ready to check the SG reading this evening...
I have home canned dark muscadine juice. I have a 5 gal bucket, 6 gal carboy, 4- 1 gal jars, a siphon, hydrometer, tube to test SG, bungs, yeast, yeast nutrient. Ordered k-meta....Are you doing a kit, fresh grapes, a juice bucket or some kind of fruit wine?
If you’re doing a kit, don’t stress. 99% of the time, the manufacturer did all the math for you. No need to fret over pH.
If it’s something else, then yes - knowing your pH can be very instructive. You’ll need a calibrated pH meter. They can be had for as cheap as $20 and as much as $600 (and they’ll do a lot more than test for pH).
So question number 1: what are you making?
Question #2: what equipment do you already have?
When I started five years ago, I bought an equipment kit. Had about everything I’d need. I bought a floor corker and an extra hydrometer or two, and jumped in with both feet.
Use the search function and don’t be afraid to ask a question. Just remember, ask 5 people a question, you’re bound to get 10 opinions.
Okay. Seems like you will need a pH Meter. Since you’re just starting out (and this hobby might not stick), maybe a meter in the $20-40 range gets the job done.I have home canned dark muscadine juice. I have a 5 gal bucket, 6 gal carboy, 4- 1 gal jars, a siphon, hydrometer, tube to test SG, bungs, yeast, yeast nutrient. Ordered k-meta....
Congratulations!I just racked for the first time! The SG reading is at .996. There is a lot of pulp at the bottom of the bucket, so I did not get all the wine. Should I strain it to get more out? I know that some of the sludge got into the carboy. I plan to rack to one gallon jugs, since my carboy is too big. Should I wait to add k-meta to make sure the SG reading stays the same for a few days?
I found a rubber gasket that fit perfectly inside the lid. Worked for a short time...but have to figure something out...Judging from your airlock, I’d say you’re right.
I had this problem with my California grapes this year. I used a 1.5l bottle and put Saran Wrap on top secured with a rubber band.
Depending on how long your wine is going to be in that container, it might not be a problem. But, that’s a lot of surface area to have exposed to air.