lukie wrote:Yes, I think i will stick to it given the availability of the conversion calculator. It's day 18 today and according to instructions it's C02 degassing time. My Brix reads about 7.1 the same value as a week ago, so assuming my original Brix was 22, that equates to an SG of .989 which is below what the kit wants. Excellent.
Exactly right - stable gravity is what you are looking for.
lukie wrote:I added all the goodies to stabilize and stirred vigorously for 15 mins. There was a bit of white foam formed while stirring, I hope that's normal.
Yep. A lot of CO2 builds up in the wine as it ferments, and if you don't get it out you end up with slightly fizzy wine in the bottle. Not enough that it seems carbonated, but enough to make for an odd mouth feel.
lukie wrote: Of course I sterilized the big ass spoon with a few quick sprays of Star San. Quick question: Do you just spray with Star San and you are ready to roll or do you prefer to wait a couple of minutes. Do you wipe it down? It feels so wrong spraying some bacteria killing chemical and then touching the wine with it.
30 seconds contact time is all that is needed - I just spray it on with a spray bottle. I'll shake off any excess starsan, but don't wipe it off. When diluted in beer/wine, starsan becomes yeast food. Its only microbicidal when concentrated.