Santa was good to me and set me up with a wine making kit and equipment, and I wasted no time starting my first kit (a peach fruit wine).
Today was day 8, and it was supposed to be time for me to transfer the
wine to a carboy. According to the kit, I'm supposed to transfer only
if the wine has a specific gravity "less than 1.010". Well, I just
measured and I have a SG of 1.060!
I'm a bit confused about my hydrometer and the instructions -- why
should the SG of the wine go down over time? After most of the
fermentation has taken place, shouldn't the SG of the wine go up (on
my hydrometer, as the SG readings go up, so does the estimated alcohol
content). I think I'm not understanding some basic concept here...
Some points about my wine: I started it in a 23L carboy because I
didn't realise I was supposed to use a plastic 40L fermenter. The guy
at my brew shop said that probably won't make much difference. Also,
my wine is fermenting at a lower temperature (~18 C).
Any advice would be much appreciated!
- posted 16 years ago