started some chilean merlot today

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started some merlot today 30 gal. just tasted the juice is really sweet and very dark
 

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its been going strong for ten days now tested it before i started it was 19
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chilean

still going strong boiling like crazzy i cant get over it
 

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its been going strong for ten days now tested it before i started it was 19
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Not wishing to be controversial or argumentative, but we need to be careful as a lot of newbie winemakers read these forums.....

Before it started it was at 0% :D you can only measure potential alcohol

what was your starting S.G?

To reach 19% alcohol (assuming you get it to ferment down to .990) you would need an S.G. drop of 140, that would mean a starting gravity of 1.130 or Brix 30.5...man thats a lot of sugar

if the grapes got that ripe then I suspect they will lack the required acid to make a balanced wine, did you need to adjust the TA?

What is the S.G. now?

it should have been finished by now I would have thought.....

What temperature you are fermenting at?
 
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