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chris400

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hey guys i am making a muscadine wine and i put it in the primary day before yesterday and i still haven't got good action yet ....i am hoping i didnt put to muck kmeta in it to kill the wild yeast and it is affecting my wine yeast i let it set for 24 hours after it was put in and then pitched my redstar montrachet i had what seemed a bit if foam yestreday and a very light cap today on sturd it so to be safe i pitched another pack of yeast today and sturd it in is there anything else i can do or am i ok to just wait and see
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The keyword is "patience". Some of by batches take 1-3 days to get rolling. What is the temp of the must and did you use a starter or just sprinkle the yeast?
 

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first was a starter then a sprinkle the 2 pack
temp is 75 or 76 its room temp in my basement
 

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The must temp should be close to the same so you should be fine. I would just give it another day and see what happens. A recent post here said that his took around a week to get going. I believe his must had beef refrigerated and he gave it a dousing of kmeta before pitching the yeast. I think it took the must a few days to warm up and the kmeta added at such a low temp may have slowed things up a bit also. So many variables.
 

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Ok I have it under a air lock and it is starting to move some ....but stir it twice a day ....have made several the same way but never such a slow start
 

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I have make kits for years with an air lock on the primary. Most here feel that covering the primary with a cloth gives the yeast more oxygen and helps them multiply. I've done several batches that way now and it seems to work well. Stirring twice a day helps bring in more oxygen also.
 

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Using the Montrechet yeast, make sure you keep the nutrient up. If it gets stressed it gives you some bad smells. Think rotten eggs. Arne.
 

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Ok ......sometime between my last post yesterday and when I got home from work last night it started and was going strong at 11:30 pm last night
 
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