RJ Spagnols Should I add nutrient?

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  1. Jul 8, 2019 #1

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    So I'm on day 9 of primary fermentation. Instructions say about 6-8, so I'm still close enough to not be overly concerned. Fermentation has slowed way down... instructions say to rack to the carboy for the next step at 1.020. In the past 2 days I've only dropped from 1.060 to 1.040. Bubbles in airlock are about 1 every 5 seconds +/- 1.

    Should I wait it out, or should I give it a boost with some Fermaid-K? Something else? Welcome input... thanks!
     
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    have you been stirring the fermentation every day? a small dose of fermaid k should work.
     
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    Just about.

    Still contemplating this. Today I read that there was no point to adding nutrient once it hits 1.060 and that there can be negatives to adding unneeded nutrient that won't be used.
     
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    I would try racking it.
    That would give it some oxygen that may get the yeast kicking again.
    According to your bubble rate and gravity, you should be fine in a carboy.
    Maybe save a bit in a gallon jug or a few mason jars in case the fermentation speeds up.

    If that doesn’t fix you, you can try something else.

    What temp? What yeast? What kit?
     
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    Temps have remained in the upper-70s. Yeast was good old standard EC-1118. Kit was RJS En Primeur "Italian Rosso Grande Eccelente".
     
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    Warming it is out.

    Did you rack it?
    How’s it going?
     
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    It had coasted to 1.000 before I caught it and racked it a few days ago. It's still bubbling in the carboy now. Not sure where it's going to finish at. I didn't end up adding any nutrient.
     
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    All is good then!
    My first and only RJS Malbec kit (EP) took 4 weeks to get down to 0.996.
    I thought it was my fault because I substituted 1118 with RC212 and racked to a carboy kinda early (1.024).
    I guess it is what it is then.
     
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    Should I stop it at 0.996, or let it coast until it seems to stop? This is only my 2nd kit.

    It's certainly slowed, but hasn't completely stopped yet.
     
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    There isn't really a way to "stop it." What did you have in mind? Just let it ride.
     
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    If you are concerned just pitch another half pack of EC-1118 yeast. I had one that was slow around 1.020...bad yeast maybe? I just added more yeast and it finished dry.
     

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