On Sun, 12 Oct 1997 17:47:06 -0300, David Besner
>I'm new to wine making. I started a new batch using a Grand Cru wine
>kit. My primary fermenter (a Pur Vin bucket) overflowed slightly during
>the fermentation, and I was away and didn't notice until 2 weeks after
>the fact. I do notice that there was some, well, bacteria around the
>outside of the lid. Basically some small organisms. When I opened the
>lid (which seems to fit very loosely), I could see some small patches of
>white on the top of the wine. I didn't notice any bad smell or anything
>else. I then siphoned it into my glass carboy. I do notice some stuff
>floating to the top when I shake it, but I think it is just sediment
>that came through during the transfer. I am really not in the mood to
>toss a $60 Canadian wine kit out. What else can I look for to make sure
>the wine is OK? Any tests I should do? When I first started the kit, I
>didn't add any chemicals, just the yeast and water. When I transfered it
>to the carboy, I added 1.5 tsp of metab. sulphite, 1 tsp bentonite, and
>1 tsp Iso-Kleer. Anything else I should add? Thanks very much for any
If you found stuff growing on the fermenter, this is a VERY bad sign.
If there is anything like a fungus or slime on top of the wine, the
answer is most likely yes - the wine is bad. Your nose should tell
you if this is so. A bad smell is very indicative of bad wine.
If you are unsure, let the wine age a bit. If it's bad it will get
worse and you will know for sure. As a newcomer, you probably don't
recognize all the smells and don't want to make a premature decision.
The problem is hygiene. You have to keep EVERYTHING sterile. The
best solution is to purchase sodium metabisulphite. Two oz dissolved
in 1 gallon (4 liters) of water make a sterilizing solution that can
Make new if the solution become cloudy, or if it stops stinking of
Rinse ALL equipment with this before use, and DO NOT rinse with water.
The sulphur is benficial to the wine in terms of preventing the growth
of microorganisms and as an antioxidant.
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