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beyondhuman

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As I wrote in my last thread I just started my first batch two nights ago. I put in 5 campden tablets for 5 gallons of wine (including the volume of the cherries in it which is probably about a quarter gallon). I also made a yeast starter by putting the yeast in a jug with some water, 1 tsp of orange juice, 1/4 tsp of yeast nutrient, and a tablespoon or two of sugar (this did show signs of fermentation before relaxing back down).

This morning I added the yeast starter to the wine and let it sit with the lid on (but not snapped in place) and now that I am back from class nothing is happening although it does smell like the yeast starter did. Every one gallon batch I have done before this started acting instantly but this 5 gallon batch has had several hours and still no activity!

Whats going on!?
 

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What yeast did you use and what temp is the must?
Some yeast can take 36+ hours to really get started.
Put your ear as close as you can and listen It may be fermenting and you cant see it.
What are you frementing?
 

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5 gallon batches take longer to start then 1 gallon batches just like a 12 gallon batch will take alot longer to ferment out. I agree that it does need a little more time and you should take a sg eading as you put yeast in and then check again in a day or 2 cause some fermentations will not really show very well at all. Like Tom said get your ear in there and listen for the sound of a soda pop sizzle.
 

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X3, It will probably take off in a day or so. Keep the temp around 70 or so and give it a couple days. Some yeasts are no foamers as well and just sizzle along.
 

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I started a batch of Chardonnay 2 days ago and am using Levospark BK1 for first time. no head foam at all but it is sparkling away
 

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Once again..."Visual signs of Fementation can be very misleading. What are your specific gravities and temperatures?"

Steve
 

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I started a batch of Chardonnay 2 days ago and am using Levospark BK1 for first time. no head foam at all but it is sparkling away
Please give us the info we asked for.
I have never heard of this yeast. Why did you choose it for this wine.
 

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whoot whoot all set! things worked out fine. I was afraid of letting it sit open like that if the yeast wasn't doing its thing (germies getting in and all). but now about 12 hours later I can clearly hear that sweet bubbling sound made only by fermentation!
 

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Please give us the info we asked for.
I have never heard of this yeast. Why did you choose it for this wine.
The Lady up at the wine supply in Canada said she had used it on a Chardonnay and it work wonderful, so being as this is 4th Chardonnay this year decided to play a little. I will tell you how it comes out, good or bad
BTW I had never heard of it either
 

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