Interesting thing happened this morning during my grape juice shower. A few
Saturday I purchased 6 gals. of Seyval juice from a local vineyard, unsulfited,
and I planned on starting the yeast Sunday. One thing lead to another and all of
a sudden it was Wednesday and I still hadn't dosed the juice or started the yeast.
In the mean time the wild yeasties started having a party. So Wednesday I drew off
some starter juice and dosed the remaining juice with 50ppm meta. When I drew off
the starter juice it had foamed quite a bit. After adding the champagne yeast
Wednesday night to the starter juice and letting it get going I pitched the starter
Thursday morning and began to stir to aerate the juice to get a good fermentation
At this point Mount Seyvalius erupted, showering me and the surrounding
area with foamy juice. I lost about a gallon of must. Has anyone had a similar
explosive experience with wild yeast or better yet an explanation of what happened?
I always assumed that wild yeast was pretty wimpy stuff.