oh no, First off I meant no offence, nor was i being condescending at all,hounddawg.. thank you for that, I guess. Not sure what that has to do with the topic of this thread. If you mean by this that paper chromatograpy is too complex for you to bother with, I can assure you it is not and would be happy to teach what I know.
God bless her, you just took me back many years, here in the Ozarks, um spirts were good way back when, they (the old timers) made wine their were 3 main types, dandelion, elderberry, and muscadine,Hey brother.. it's all good. We're all idiots in some respect or another. Your scuttle hole/gallon wine story has my curiosity up. My grandma Lucille (yes, I am in South Carolina brother), told me a story once about how when she was young they would make a "beer" out of persimmons with honey locust pods and hay on top in an old butter churn. The whole community would turn out to drink, young and old alike. Must have been some kind of fun, right? She was born in 1909. Passed in 2012. I've got about what I figure is about a gallon's worth of persimmons frozen from this year's harvest. I'm right inspired to give her recipe a try.
I've done a second paper chromatograph test and confirmed that the zinfandel did NOT go through MLF, even though I pitched the MLB from the same package at the same time as my other 5 batches, which all completed MLF. Can I, or should I try again? I have some MLB culture and Opti-Malo Plus nutrient. Any harm in trying that? Thanks, input appreciated.Really nice work! my first one looked a damn train wreck.
Personally i like to do an early test to compare to. Hopefully the zin is progressing slower instead of failing to start at all. Won’t know for sure until a 2nd test is done in a bit. (unless you’ve got visual confirmation)