newb mistake and stalled fermentation

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creekbottom
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newb mistake and stalled fermentation

Post #1 by creekbottom » 11 months ago

Ok, this is our first batch of wine from scratch. Raspberry from our own gardens. We followed a recipe and everything was going great. Except the recipe said to let if ferment for 5 days, we went a week to be sure and then transferred it into the carboy. MISTAKE. We didn't let it ferment long enough and so it's really sweet still and only about 5%. Guy at the wine store advised to add more yeast and finish the fermentation. Jump to last night, we sterilized everything and put it all back into the primary fermenter, activated the yeast and added it. Today, it looks like nothing is happening.

Do we need to wait longer? What else did we do wrong?

HELP!!!
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Re: newb mistake and stalled fermentation

Post #2 by Winger » 11 months ago

Fruit wines can take 6 months to mature. 5 days is barely enough time to get the yeast going. Even after a week you transferred to a carboy you need to let it ferment for months and it could be OK. What is the recipe you used?
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Re: newb mistake and stalled fermentation

Post #3 by SmokeyMcB » 11 months ago

Do you have an hydrometer? If so, whats the gravity reading of your wine now?
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Re: newb mistake and stalled fermentation

Post #4 by XXXXX » 11 months ago

I agree with the advice to add yeast and to give it more time, and to use a hydrometer.

What was the recipe?
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Re: newb mistake and stalled fermentation

Post #5 by creekbottom » 11 months ago

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Re: newb mistake and stalled fermentation

Post #6 by Frank88 » 11 months ago

primary is just more vigorous and messier than secondary. The ciders i'm making don't build up any head in primary, they just produce a ton of gas, so I started them in the secondaries with airlocks on them.
If you're leaving them in to age for a few months, you're going to be racking them a few times to clear the sediment anyway, so just add more yeast and let it work.
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Re: newb mistake and stalled fermentation

Post #7 by creekbottom » 11 months ago

Update - I added some yeast nutrient and things have started up again! Crisis averted, I think.

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