Homegrown Homebrew Query

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digital_biscuit

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Homegrown Homebrew Query
« on: October 31, 2008, 08:38 »
Hi all

i am about to venture away from Kits and onto my own wines. I have a question!!!

What do you do the primary fermentations in? A large fermentation bin??

Also, in all recipe's i have seen it says to cover the primary. What do you cover it with? Do you add an air lock at this point?

Thanks muchly

Digi

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SG6

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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2008, 17:27 »
If making a demijohn then suggest a bucket.
Preferably clean, even better new - Wicks @99p.
I simply cover with a teatowel.

If making larger amounts then get a larger item from a home brew shop, think they are 5 gallon capacity.

Again try a teatowel or similar over the top.

So far so good with this approach, 2 gallon of blackberry bubbling away.

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2008, 17:59 »
Reread the original, primary fermentation to me is:

Place fruit, sugar, and hot water in bucket, stir to dissolve the sugar.
Add water to make up to a gallon, hopefully still slightly warm.
Crush/squeeze fruit by hand if wanted.
Add acid, nutrients, tanin and whatever else you decide on. (None in my case usually).
Dissolve a couple of teaspoons of sugar in some warm water in a small container and then add the yeast.
Allow yeast to bubble up.
Put yeast mixture in the fruit/sugar mix in the bucket.
Cover bucket, stir daily for about a week.

End of primary fermentation bit.

Demijohn bit next (secondary fermentation??):
Strain the fermented mix and transfer to a demijohn, add airlock.
Easier to strain into a demijohn with a sieve and funnel in one go.
Yeast and general gunk will settle to the bottom after a time and wine gets clearer.
Should bubble away for a while, say 4 weeks but possibly longer.
I add some sugar during this time (if necessary) so if you do the same leave some space at the top of the demijohn.

Which wine are you thinking of trying?

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digital_biscuit

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2008, 12:24 »
I have some pumpkin that i want to make a nice wine from!

Rightio, well i shall get my bucket ready for action!!

Cheers
Digi

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2008, 13:40 »
what do you use to strain?
Graham = 2x Border collie Dogs, 2x Cats, 1x Wife, 2x Kids, 2x Hamsters and now 10x chickens.

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digital_biscuit

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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2008, 19:29 »
I was just logging on to ask that exact same question! I am guessing muslin or something similar but i will wait til someone who knows to post the answer!!

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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2008, 09:34 »
Tended to simply use a plastic sieve, cheap kitchen type thing. All I want is to get the big bits out. The finer stuff I find settles in the demijohn, say 1/4 inch at the base.

Tried a muslin once or twice and I find that it clogs up and takes ages to get the liquid through. So aboandoned that idea.



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