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muskie003

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I'm getting some Chilean juice buckets soon. The supplier says that they come already inoculated with yeast. Should I just let it go with what the supplier put in, or should I rehydrate and introduce my own anyway? No idea what strain it comes inoculated with. Pinot noir, Syrah, and Sauv Blanc if that matters....

I've made batches both ways (using my own vs. using theirs), and I haven't really noticed all that much difference. Just curious if anyone had any insight on it
 

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I'd say, if you're happy with the results, might as well use the free stuff they already put in the juice.
 

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how about k-meta? Does anyone know if they add k-meta in the juice buckets before they ship them? Just asking because of malo...
 

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I've always in the past treated with K-Meta then introduced R-212. This year I let it go with the inoculated yeast. Foamiest stuff I've ever seen. Makes 3-4" diameter bubbles in a 12" foam layer.
 

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so you're essentially knocking out the yeast it came with and adding your own? would just adding another strain of yeast work? I do know the foam you speak of though.....
 

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Most juice buckets are pre inoculated with Ec-1118. Putting kmeta in there probably doesn't do very much, except make the yeast a little bit mad. Adding your own yeast does even less, since Ec-1118 has a well earned reputation of being a killer yeast.
 

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