Fermentation Stopped too early?

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Fermentation Stopped too early?

Postby danzorr » Mon Oct 02, 2006 4:49 am

I am working with my first wine kit and am worried about the fermentation. I pitched the yeast last Saturday, and have not seen anyv iolent activity like you do with a beer. Is that normal? I would assume that it would be more violent with a wine, as there is more sugar. I used dry yeast, no starter (no idea how to make one for wine). There was some movement the 1st couple days and a maximum Kreusen (or whatever its called for wine) of probably 1/4". After that, it dwindled down, by the 5th day there was barely any bubbles even breaking the surface.

Does this sound right? I know everyone's going to tell me to take a SG, but I completely forgot to take the OG, so I don't know how much that would help.

Hopefully I am stessing about nothing and this is normal, but I am worried the yeast fell asleep.
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Postby WillySixGun » Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:03 pm

I did not notice the same vigorous action in my wine as I do in beer.
With the wine there seemed to be a two day lag and then a thin
kausen head formed on top and was gone in a couple days.

Wine ferments out very dry. You can still tell alot from a gravity reading.
If it is down around .999, you know it fermented out.

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Postby BrewBum » Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:13 pm

What Willy said, the FG will be under 1.000. Did you not get any airlock activity? I usually get a lot of c02 release but little visible activity. I think it has to do with the kinds of sugars that wine has as apposed to beer. Beer just seems to foam more. No need for a starter if you used dry yeast and not sure that a starter is even recommended. If for some reason the wine has crapped out, contact the kit maker and let them know. I have heard of them replacing kits for that.

I am beating you are ok though.

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Postby danzorr » Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:26 pm

Yeah, there was definitely a lot of CO2 produced. Looks like I was just frazzled. I'll take a reading tonight and see what it looks like...
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