Yeast finish after primary Fermentation

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  1. Jan 13, 2020 #1

    Darrin Williams

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    After My 7 day primary fermentation I took a Hydrometer reading that said -1 / 0.990 Before 7 day fermentation first reading was 12.5 / 1.100 Instructions say for secondary fermentation gravity range should be between 0.990 - 0.998 then the wine is ready for the next step. But as you can see gravity was at 0.990 after first fermentation. Should I stabilize it and just move on? Or wait the 4 weeks.
     
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    Welcome to WMT!

    As you seem to realize, forget about times, and focus on SG.

    I am confused by your numbers. Your report an initial reading of
    12.5 / 1.100
    and a final reading of
    -1 / 0.990.

    Based on your final numbers, I am assuming the numbers you report are Brix/SG. But if that is true, I cannot figure out what your initial figures mean. 1.100 SG would correspond to something like 24 Brix, so color me confused!

    Anyway, assuming your final numbers mean what I think they mean, you can move on to your next step, which I would imagine would be transferring to a carboy and adding sulfite.
     
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    Darrin Williams

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    Think I jacked the readings up. The 1.100 is what I got before adding yeast. I added yeast and 7 days later it read 0.990. Does this make better sense? signed - wine newbie. P.S. I believe the 12.5 was the probable alcohol content.
     
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    Ahh, yes, I see. I forgot about the third scale ("potential alcohol") of the triple-scale hydrometer. Yes, all of your observations make sense.

    Personally, I would move it to a carboy, add sulfite, and let it nap for some months.
     
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    Thank you for the advice. Looked at your bucket list. You are definitely one of the goto people. :) Next I'm attempting a Blueberry Port and a Dry Riesling. Any advice would be appreciated.
     

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