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fowlmood77

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I am trying my hand at winemaking using a recipe from jack kellers for muscadines. I have had a few things go not as planned. I think I am ok, but would rather hear it from those that know.
First I used a full gallon of water instead of the 3 quarts that were called for. I added extra sugar to hopefully compensate for H2O. After checking S.G. on day two, it was at 1.090.
Second and more importantly. Tonight I came home and decided to check S.G. again. By the way this is Day 4. S.G. was at 1.016. I was suppose to rack to a secondary at 1.030. I hurridly got everything ready and racked. With the air locks on, everything is looking OK. Did I catch it in time?
 

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You can transfer anytime below 1.020. I dont like transferring that high (1.030)
 

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hello and welcome to the forum..

You caught it in time.. usually those instructions are a guide, racking it at exactly 1.030, isn't feasible for everyone. It was close to the stated SG and still fermenting.

It's fine

Allie
 

fowlmood77

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Man that was fast. Thanks for putting me at ease. One more quick question. Can I put "One Step" into a spray bottle to use for general sanitizing. For instance, before I stirred the must I would spray the utinsil with One Step. Is this acceptable?

Thanks for the quick replies.
 

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I pour boiling water over my spoon before stirring.. but then I don't have access to one step or know what its sanitising properties are.

perhaps someone that uses the product could step in and give you an answer.

Allie
 

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Welcome to the forum. I don't think One Step will work that well in a spray bottle. It is a Per carbonate cleaner that cleans with oxygen. If I remember I tried this once and the bottle swelled all up as it produces gas that is oxygen. Also, technically One Step is not a sanitizer but don't freak out about that. If you practice good cleaning practices it will work OK.
 

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I use a solution of k-meta in a spray bottle.
 

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