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Dan M

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Great responses so far! Thanks for all the advice.

@Rice_Guy - I mentioned that I have only done kits so far, so checking for pH, TA, H2S, YAN, etc., is a bit outside my wheelhouse. 🥴 I'll use this as an opportunity to read up on some of these topics. I'm hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew... I was under the impression that the juice buckets come pH balanced.
 

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I was under the impression that the juice buckets come pH balanced.
If you are lucky Yes ,,, if I step back four years ago I thought buckets were good, a guess on my part is that our supplier switched to a hotter growing region. You might try asking the supplier if it has been checked. A pH sample is as small as ten ml, and your local high school chemistry lab has the equipment. A pH stick can be found today for as little as $25, my meter was about $70, and for the pilot plant. There are several threads on favorite brand.
. . . . pH is fairly basic as a general food preservative.
 

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