5 years ago #1
Izzy
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I am getting ready start a batch of cranberry wine and I have a few questions.
1) What kind of yeast do you use?
2) I am using a recipe that is for 1 gal. I am making 5 gals. Do I multiply everything by 5 except for the yeast?

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5 years ago #2
bob1
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I dont have a yeast cause I havnt made cranberry but on recipe yes multiply recipe by the number of gallons not the yeast. goodluck

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5 years ago #3
DGreene
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Montrachet would be a good choice for cranberry

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5 years ago #4
Izzy
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Thanks for the info. I thought that I read somewhere that you just multiplied everything by 5 except for the yeast. I just wanted to make sure. Now for another question. The recipe calls for a starting sg of 1.115. I have a 6 gallon primary with 11 lbs of cranberries and 4 lbs of raisins. I can not get 5 gals of water in the primary. So what sg would you suggest I start at until I take the fruit out?

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5 years ago #5
Destinyrae_99
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Real quick answer to the question you haven't asked-if you have more than 5 gallons of "must and stuff" you need to add another package of yeast. A good starting sg is 1100-that way you dont overload the yeast-montrachet is finicky sometimes.

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5 years ago #6
OzWino
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my 2c

multiply EVERYTHING by five including yeast. I don't understand what the rationale is behind not upping the yeast dose.

Can't recommend a yeast strain, as i don't know what style you are going for. Montrachet would be good if you are looking for something with body and complexity.

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5 years ago #7
Destinyrae_99
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If you make 5 gallons or less, you only have to use 1 American yeast packet. They sell yeast by the packet here, not by the spoonful/mg. My local supplier's Montrachet yeast sells for $1.50 each. Big price difference when you start multiplying

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5 years ago #8
OzWino
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i would suggest using 250mg of yeast per litre of juice. Excess additions of yeast, whilst not detrimental, increases the rate of fermentation and will lead to early autolysis, possibly resulting in excess sulfides and overly bready/yeasty characters in your wine. If you get yourself a small set of electronic scales you will always get your pitching rates correct. They aren't expensive and they provide you with an additional resource of controlling quality in your wines

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5 years ago #9
Destinyrae_99
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Wow- that much? 5 gram packages are enough to inoculate 5 gallons- you guys really do it different down under.
or do you?

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5 years ago #10
OzWino
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don't know what you mean 1 gallon=3.8L
therefore 5 gallons= 19 litres. 19 litres x 250mg = 4.75g of yeast per 5 gallons. So a 5g pack would be about right i'd say. However, a 5g pack for 3.8L??? really wouldn't recommend it to be honest

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5 years ago #11
bob1
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Wow thats a lot $1.50 for wine yeast. 5 gram sack of Montrachet should be about $.55. I was wondering if you were going to show us the math on that Oz. LOL

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5 years ago #12
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Yeah I get yeast for about 50 cents. I do suggest you make a yeast starter with 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons sugar, and a half teaspoon yeast nutrient. Start it 24 hours before you are going to use it, that way it will be more populated and already happily starting to eat and ferment.

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5 years ago #13
OzWino
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bob1 wrote:
Wow thats a lot $1.50 for wine yeast. 5 gram sack of Montrachet should be about $.55. I was wondering if you were going to show us the math on that Oz. LOL


I don't understand why you would want to add 5 times the suggested addition rate. It's just laziness in my opinion. As far as the math go, I always step it out here simply because you guys seem to chop and change between metric and imperial and end up confusing yourselves.
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5 years ago #14
DGreene
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I'm not confused! The Imperial Empire built the Death Star!!! Probably everything was measured by metric just to keep the rebels confused.

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5 years ago #15
OzWino
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when earth becomes uninhabitable and we all have to live together on the death star in the galactic empire... let's see how long the imperial system lasts

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5 years ago #16
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OK what would that be in teaspoons- ya'll still use teaspoons?
Just kidding...

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5 years ago #17
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I always step it out here simply because you guys seem to chop and change between metric and imperial and end up confusing yourselves.

I'm not confused! The Imperial Empire built the Death Star!!! Probably everything was measured by metric just to keep the rebels confused.

when earth becomes uninhabitable and we all have to live together on the death star in the galactic empire... let's see how long the imperial system lasts

Now thats funny, I dont care who you are, LOL

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5 years ago #18
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5 years ago #19
DGreene
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They don't use teaspoons anymore, they use 10ML spoons which are one cubic centimeter LOL

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5 years ago #20
OzWino
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only use teaspoons and tablespoons in cooking. Which is fine by me because my cooking sucks regardless of whether i get the measurements right

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