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In the process of crushing and destemming Zin/Muscat blend for co-ferment, like the grandparents did. Just hit it with k-meta and now I'm wondering if anyone has experience with a particular yeast for a co-ferment like this?


thanks in advance!
 

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My grandfather also did a similar blend every year. Muscat:Alicante 2:1. But always fermented separately and then blended directly after primary.
Originally he let the grapes ferment naturally (but separate) and started using yeast when the place he purchased grapes and/or juice from started including yeast with purchase. Don't know which strain but I do know they were different.
 
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My grandfather also did a similar blend every year. Muscat:Alicante 2:1. But always fermented separately and then blended directly after primary.
Originally he let the grapes ferment naturally (but separate) and started using yeast when the place he purchased grapes and/or juice from started including yeast with purchase. Don't know which strain but I do know they were different.
My parents remember my grandparents wine being quite good, but they never seem to have time to make it, so I took the initiative!

Thanks for the info, very few people seem to know about co-fermentation!

Thinking of using Red Star Premier Cuvee to chow down all the extra sugar from the Muscat grapes.
 

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EC1118 is always a good workhorse yeast. if you wish tor retain aromatics of Muscat use Cotes de Blanc.

Go to scottlabs.com and few there fermentation handbook they have yeast charts for preferred varities.
 

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Try BM4x4 or RP15, they both work well with Zin.
 

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I'm going to throw in one from the morewinemaking yeast selector manual: AMH: Enhances “clove” and “nutmeg” spicy elements, along with minerality in a Zin. Complex with good berry flavours and aromas.

I have used it on St. Vincent twice and really liked it. This year I am using it on my Chambourcin, to try to bring out some of these elements, if it will.
 

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That is extremely interesting. Thank you for sharing this. I guess it sure does pay to feed your ueast and mlb the proper nutrients. With BM 4 x 4 listed as less compatible I'm going to deduce that feeding proper nutrients can cancel that out a little. -- co-inoculated and the first chromatography test I did 12 days in showed completion.
AMH seems like a winner too.
I will be doing our old family blend at some point again. And I'd love to be able to co-ferment the Alicante and Muscat. @VanMkr -- have you decided which yeast you'll be using yet?
 

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That is extremely interesting. Thank you for sharing this. I guess it sure does pay to feed your ueast and mlb the proper nutrients. With BM 4 x 4 listed as less compatible I'm going to deduce that feeding proper nutrients can cancel that out a little. -- co-inoculated and the first chromatography test I did 12 days in showed completion.
AMH seems like a winner too.
I will be doing our old family blend at some point again. And I'd love to be able to co-ferment the Alicante and Muscat. @VanMkr -- have you decided which yeast you'll be using yet?
Yessir, I decided on Red Star Premier Cuvee. Hopefully that will not mess things up!
 
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