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Started the WE SLM today - added water to 6 gal mark (BMB) per instructions, then added grape skins. OG about an hour after grape skins added was only 1.080, which seems quite low. Haven't pitched yeast yet. Bummed that I should have checked OG before adding all the water as I hate to chapitalize a higher end kit like this. Seems like that would be the logical next step at this point?
 

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Started the WE SLM today - added water to 6 gal mark (BMB) per instructions, then added grape skins. OG about an hour after grape skins added was only 1.080, which seems quite low. Haven't pitched yeast yet. Bummed that I should have checked OG before adding all the water as I hate to chapitalize a higher end kit like this. Seems like that would be the logical next step at this point?
The skins should give you another .013 - .015 of SG once they’ve had a chance to release their sugar into the mix. I’ve done this kit a number of times,it’s always been good. If, for some reason, your SG doesn’t come up by tomorrow, a bit of sugar will get you home.
 

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Thanks so much for the advice - up to 1.090 today. Might bump just a tad before pitching yeast tomorrow.
 
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