2019 Malbec – 2nd Run
October 2019 – I purchased 180 lbs of Malbec from Lanza Vineyards, Suisun Valley CA. After lightly pressing the wine I started this second run batch.
|Grape||pomace from 180# Malbec pressed at SG 1.008|
|Water||5 gallons hot tap water|
|Sugar||13 lbs 4 oz|
|Yeast||Red Star Premier Rouge remaining in the pomace|
|Acid Blend||3 tsp|
|Fermentation Oak||8 oz French oak chips, medium toast that was in the original batch|
|Put 5 gallons hot tap water in the fermenter. Stirred in sugar until it dissolved. Stirred pomace into the water.
The SG reading is odd, like the Zinfandel. The 10 lbs of sugar I added initially should have pushed the SG up around 1.090. My initial reading after stirring heavily was 1.052, so I added 3 lbs 4 oz more sugar.
Stirred in Fermax and 3 tsp Acid Blend.
|Checked pH, like the Zin it’s around 4.0, so stirred in another 1 tsp Acid Blend. I have a feeling I’ll be adding a lot more.||10/29/2019