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Jeich

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I just picked up 9 gallons of Chardonnay juice that started bubbling and continues to bubble even after adding campden tablets. Here is what I have done so far....Last Thursday I picked up the pasteurized juice, kept it refrigerated for 24+ hours, let it get to room temperature (66 deg) and added campden tablets. Juice started bubbling so I added more campden tablets. To be honest I didn't add as much as I should have initially to get to the proper concentration. The juice continues to bubble and I'm not sure what to do at this point. I thought the campden would stop all processes which would allow me to add the yeast of choice. Any comments and help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
 

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You can buy some time by cooling the juice which will slow the fermentation. But once it starts, you would need an egregious amount of kmeta to stop it.

I would pitch 2-3 packets of your chosen yeast asap. The wine yeast will hopefully out-compete the natural yeast and should take over the fermentation.

You said the juice was pasteurized, but what about the equipment it was put into? Seems like there's a sanitation issue somewhere.
 

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Yeast was not added and everything was sanitized that I am aware of. I will add yeast asap to hopefully out compete whatever did get in the wine. The campden tablets did not seem to do anything.
 

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I will have to ask the guy that supplied me with the juice if he thinks some wild yeast could have made it. There seems to be a fair amount of pulp so maybe some settled product made it into these 9 gal that did not get fully pasteurized?
 

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I think the point @cmason1957 was making is that some people that supply juice buckets add yeast so all you have to do is ferment. The place I go to stopped that practice because most people wanted to add their own yeast. They now give out packets of ec1118 with the bucket.
 

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Oh, I didn't know that some juice suppliers would do that. I will definitely have to check. Thanks for the comments.
 
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