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En Primeur Wine Series: Pinot Noir Rose
OG 1.092 (using a Tilt hydrometer)
Pitched D47 yeast, added yeast nutrient, 73 degrees (never heavy fermentation activity, but constant)
9 days later, SG 1.018 - racked to carboy
Continued slow bubbles - and SG tracked down to 1.012 before stopping 12 days later (same SG - 4 days)
Made yeast slurry with EC 1118, nutrient etc (ECKraus recipe) - added 24 hours later
SG down to 1.005 in 2 days and stopped again (4 days) - airlock bubbling once every 20 sec

My goal is a dry Rose. This has been a slow fermentation (1 month to date), very likely my originally yeast choice. Surprised the 1118 didn't take it down below 1.000.

Ideas?
 

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SG 1.005 is getting close, but I'm sure you are looking to get down to .996 (roughly) for a nice dry Rose. If there is any activity in the airlock at all I would just leave it alone. Possibly bring it up a few degrees in temperature to make the yeast happy. You might try racking it once as I have seen renewed ferment activity after early rackings.

In any case . . . Good Luck - sounds like a nice kit. Keep us posted on your progress.
 

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Just checking -- the more recent SG readings are with a regular glass hydrometer, correct?
 

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Just checking -- the more recent SG readings are with a regular glass hydrometer, correct?
Thanks for responses. I still have the Tilt in the carboy. I can check with a standard hydrometer when I get home, but I have not had any problems with my Tilt being inaccurate since I started using it (3 or 4 kits, a batch of cider and a juice bucket).
 

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Take a sample out of your fermentation bucket, put it in a hydrometer sample test jar, shake the heck out of it to remove any dissolved CO2 that is in your sample, let it sit for a while and come to room temp and take the SG again. It won't surprise me that the dissolved CO2 is confusing the reading at least just a bit.
 

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Take a sample out of your fermentation bucket, put it in a hydrometer sample test jar, shake the heck out of it to remove any dissolved CO2 that is in your sample, let it sit for a while and come to room temp and take the SG again. It won't surprise me that the dissolved CO2 is confusing the reading at least just a bit.
This was helpful. I took a sample this evening (Tilt reading 1.006) and tested with glass hydrometer after shaking: 0.998

Looks like CO2 was contributing to confusion. Hoping it will continue down a bit more - working in the right direction!

Thanks.
 
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