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I am making a 5gal batch of wine from apple juice. I added 2lbs of corn sugar after everything was in the carboy I noticed a few insects floating in it. Turns out they are grain weevils and were in the corn sugar they were not alive . Will they hurt my wine or am I worried for nothing.
 

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LOL A little protein never hurt anyone. :)
2.5 #'s of sugar sounds low. What was the starting gravity?
 

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If they're dead I doubt they wont be able to hurt anything.:) Here in Alaska our mosquitoes are horrendous and have been considering fermenting the lil suckers. But in all seriousness I wouldn't sweat it, I'm with Tom though, 2# of sugar sounds pretty low.
Troy
 

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They will settle to the bottom with the trub/lees. No need to fret. It'll all bee good.
 

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2.5 #'s of sugar sounds low. What was the starting gravity?
I didn't take an OG reading. This is an Apfelwein recipe it won't have alot of alcohol in it around 7 or 8 %.
 

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MMC,
Taking and recording your info on each wine is just as important as drinking it. Please start a log. This way if there is a problem it makes it easier for us to help you. Also If the wine is a winner you might want to make another using your records.
 

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I didn't take an OG reading. This is an Apfelwein recipe it won't have alot of alcohol in it around 7 or 8 %.
Thats some good stuff. Sort of like an apple beer. Even though it is lower alcohol, it will kick your butt after a few bottles of it. We always bottle it in beer bottles.
 

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As for he insects, thinking the alcohol would kill "problems"???
 

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No really a problem as long as there are only a couple. heck, it might even give it more bite! :)
 

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The big professional wineries pick the berries, destem them
and start pulp-fermenting.
Do you really think they will examine all grapes for any insects to be present ???

Use sulphite and you will be fine.

Luc
 

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I mostly don't take readings.. Occasionally I see dead fruit flies..I check daily and remove anything ..My wines still seem to finish ok..


Allie
 
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there's always room for wine sects in our industry:)thats what gives you a buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz:cool:
 

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there's always room for wine sects in our industry:)thats what gives you a buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz:cool:
So there must be some "BUGGERS" in all of my wine since I do get a "BUZZ" from my wine!
 

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The big professional wineries pick the berries, destem them
and start pulp-fermenting.
Do you really think they will examine all grapes for any insects to be present ???

Luc
No I didn't think that. But I am trying to make it with as few additives as possible and since I'm planing on carbonating and conditioning it in 12 oz bottles I didn't want to add any thing that might stun the yeast.
 

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MMC
Don't worry about it. When doing fruit wine in the summer you should see the airlock.. Fruit flies so bad I keep fly paper over the buckets LOL !
Never had a problem.
 

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Adding sulfite in tye beginning will not hinder fermentation later.
 

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