How long can I wait before adding yeast?

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gcook1

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Hi everyone
I just finished de-stemming and making 12 gallons of must out of Marquette grapes. I added the camden to kill off the wild yeast. I know I need to wait 24 hours for the camden to work before I add my wine yeast. But I'm supposed to go out of town tomorrow. So my question is... can I wait longer? Is there a risk to waiting 48-72 hours before adding the yeast?

Thanks for the help!
 

mennyg19

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I think that you dont need to wait the entire 24 hours to add the yeast. Some people on here only wait 12. Waiting with the must like that is risky I think. But im new to this also
 
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Even after you add the yeast I pour it on top and wait 24 hours to punch it down. But we make 1000 lbs batches may not matter with 12 gal.
I would not wait 48-72hr
I think it will be ok to do it before you go
 

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Yeast is cheap. Pitch it when you are leaving. If it is not fermenting after 48 hours (after you get back), pitch again.
 
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