HELP: Wine stopped fermenting after 1 week

HELP: Wine stopped fermenting after 1 week

Post by Steve Weag » Sat, 07 Mar 1998 04:00:00



I started my second kit wine last week (Pommard by Vine Pro), and it
fermented great for a week. Then I racked to the carboy, and noticed that
fermentation had stopped. Completely. It doesn't taste too bad, but of
course its filled with CO2.

Is it unusual for a wine to completely ferment in a week?

Should nutrient or more yeast be added?

Any help is appreciated
Steve

 
 
 

HELP: Wine stopped fermenting after 1 week

Post by Doug Mill » Sat, 07 Mar 1998 04:00:00




+I started my second kit wine last week (Pommard by Vine Pro), and it
+fermented great for a week. Then I racked to the carboy, and noticed that
+fermentation had stopped. Completely. It doesn't taste too bad, but of
+course its filled with CO2.
+
+Is it unusual for a wine to completely ferment in a week?

Not necessarily.
+
+Should nutrient or more yeast be added?
+
Not necessarily. Have you checked the specific gravity (SG) with a
hydrometer? If the SG is below 1.000, it may well be finished.

Or it might be fermenting slowly enough that you don't notice it
right away. Racking will release quite a bit of dissolved CO2 from the
wine, and it can take a while for the yeast to produce enough gas to
build up enough pressure to start coming through the airlock again.

First thing to do is check the SG.

 
 
 

HELP: Wine stopped fermenting after 1 week

Post by Tim Ho » Tue, 10 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>I started my second kit wine last week (Pommard by Vine Pro), and it
>fermented great for a week. Then I racked to the carboy, and noticed that
>fermentation had stopped. Completely. It doesn't taste too bad, but of
>course its filled with CO2.

>Is it unusual for a wine to completely ferment in a week?

>Should nutrient or more yeast be added?

Hi Steve...

It is unusual, but not impossible. I had one finish in 8 days, and I
borrowed a friend's hydrometer to double check, and sure as shooting
it was done. Although I am surprised that you find it palatable at
this point.

Anyhew,,,measure SG: if below 1.000 you're done. If above, your batch
is 'stuck', so repost, stating your SG, and myself and/or others will
help you thru it.

T