OK I hope I didn't screw this up -
1. I dumped all 10lbs of sugar on top of the blueberry puree. I
didn't dissolve it first. Same with the additives, I just dumped them
in. Is that bad?
2. So I have to stir it every day for 5-7 days? I guess I better
start, it's been 2 days and I haven't stirred it.
Do I stir it right again right before racking it into the carboy?
With the puree, will there be any sediment on the bottom of the primary?
Note: I have never made wine so my advice is probably not worth
Did you add Campden tablets or other sterilizing agent? If not,
you will probably (want to / wanted to) disolve the sugar in a
gallon or two of boiling water and then dump it on the puree; when
it (cools / cooled), then (add/added) yeast and any "additives."
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You didn't screw it up. Just make sure you stir it well. You could stir
before putting it in the carboy that way you get all the stuff in the
carboy. You will have to rack though when fermentation is done if you
transfer before fermentaion completes which I would suggest you do.
Yes, very much so.
Stir it daily as long as fermentation continues on the fruit.
Abundant berry fragments and seeds. Yes, you will want to strain it when
racking from the bucket to the carboy. Let's hope you haven't just learned
an expensive lesson.
"Honey, would you get me a beer?!"
- Adam's first words to Eve-
I don't have any berry fragments and seeds. I used oregon blueberry
puree. I'm thinking thats why it's OK that I didn't boil up the sugar
and additives first. I think the puree is more forgiving on how you
mix the stuff in, no?
Since he started with just blueberry puree there should be no seeds and not
that many berry fragments!
If he had mixed properly at first then all this advice about stirring would
be irrelevant -- and dangerous too!
Too many cooks spoiling the broth I'm afraid --- which is why I stepped
out of it.
Wine likes to be left to get on with it -- especially one made from just
juice --the original poster has had so much advice in this string that he
doesn't know whether he is standing on his head or not. Even has had advice
from one poster who has never made wine and drinks one glass of wine a year!
Talk about chaos!
It just goes to show you that there is more than one way to a
successful finish. Bottom line is if he stirs it it's ok and if he
doesn't it's ok. If he racks off the sediment during fermentation is ok
and if he leaves the sediment until shortly after fermentation thats ok
too. Since he doesn't have a cap he really doesn't need to do anything
but get it topped up after ferment. If the juices has no pulp or seeds
he could leave it on the lees for an extended period as long as he
stirs at least once a month. There is no right way and all ways will
lead to a great wine as long as oxygen is keet away. That's my 2 cents.
It has always been my experience that the better everything is mixed
from the beginning the easier it is to come up with a good finished product.
I puree my own blueberries, so that is why I'm getting seeds etc. Good luck!
Blueberry wine is awesome stuff.